74-kmph wind, rains lash City
THE CITY experienced strong thundershower activity accompanied with rain and stormy winds late on Friday afternoon, giving the first signs of approaching monsoon.india Updated: May 27, 2006 14:31 IST
THE CITY experienced strong thundershower activity accompanied with rain and stormy winds late on Friday afternoon, giving the first signs of approaching monsoon.
The winds caused tree branches to break and streets were littered with broken leaves and twigs. This prevented people from coming out of their homes and most streets wore a deserted look.
Stormy winds were experienced late in the afternoon between 3.30 pm and 4 pm, along with rain. Rainfall continued till late in the evening, and it became more pronounced in the late hours. Mercury was still one-degree below normal in the City this afternoon at 39.2 degree Celsius, though it soared slightly at night. Night temperature on previous night was 26.3 degrees, which was one degree above normal, informed the City weather office.
According to information received from Bhanwarkuan Police Station, no major loss of life or property was caused by the thunderstorm. Meanwhile, sources in MP Western Region Electricity Distribution Company maintained that loss caused by storm could be known only by tomorrow.
Weather office revealed that maximum wind speed recorded late in the afternoon was 74 km per hour, while yesterday maximum wind speed was only 30 km per hour. According to the City weather office, about one mm of rainfall was recorded.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Director Meteorological Department (Bhopal) D P Dubey said that there was nothing unusual about this stormy wind. He reasoned that primary reason of this stormy weather was vertical development of thunderclouds. He added that this pre-monsoon activity would continue for next two-three days in the State. He further said that there was likelihood of slight rise in temperature during next two days.
The unexpected thundershower and stormy wind has now made the dichotomy between Met Department and astrologers even more pronounced, as the former still adheres to the view that monsoon would be normal while the latter categorically state that chances of normal monsoon are very remote.
Astrologer Acharya Pandit Ram Chandra Sharma Vaidic categorically stated that since it has rained on the second day of Rohini Nakshatra, monsoon would be below normal. He added that monsoon would now be approximately 60 per cent. The divide between the two opinions seems even wider as the Met Department maintains that monsoon would be about 81 per cent in Central India.
1 Temperature one-degree below normal today at 39.20 Celsius, night temperature was 26.30, one degree above normal.
2 Maximum wind speed recorded late afternoon was 74 km per hour, while yesterday it was only 30 km ph.