Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blustery sea in Kanyakumari district continues...

Thanks to our friend from Kanyakumari district.

Good view of a Church near Kanyakumari

A new monsoon Low "92B"

A new monsoon low has formed over the north-central Bay region.
This system is likely to intensify into a maximum of depression and then move into Bangladesh.
Due to this influence the sleeping western wing of monsoon will pick-up pace.
We have already very good signs of monsoon getting active over the western coast. This time the monsoon will enter into parts of maharastra coast and eventually into Mumbai.
Here's the latest satellite pic of "92B".

And latest GFS predicts, that the LOW will move into Bangladesh on 20-Jun-09, and the western coast getting a monsoon beating.

Pleasant weather greets Delhi

June 17, Delhiites woke up to pleasant weather for the second consecutive day Wednesday with the met office forecasting a cloudy sky towards the evening.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the capital recorded a minimum temperature of 26.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal, Wednesday morning. The maximum temperature recorded Tuesday was 36.9 degrees.

“Delhi will experience a pleasant day with clear sky in the morning. We expect to see some cloud cover towards the evening. The pleasant weather condition will continue at least till Friday evening,” an IMD official said.

The official said western disturbances over Rajasthan are the harbinger of the pleasant mornings in Delhi. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius Wednesday.

Drought May Hurt Crops in China, India

Drought may damage crops in China, India, Australia and the southern U.S. this year as elevated Pacific Ocean surface temperatures produce an El Nino effect, said Drew Lerner, the president of World Weather Inc.

Water temperatures are rising in the central and eastern Pacific, Lerner said. As a result, warm, dry weather will occur from July through September, Lerner said today at an agricultural-investment conference in Chicago.

“The past few months, we’ve been in a warming trend,” Lerner said. “The warm pocket in the Pacific has warmed another quarter-degree. This El Nino is coming on fast and it’s coming on furious, and it will have an impact on world weather.”

Parts of the southern U.S. from Texas to Florida will get less than the normal amount of rain in the next three months, Lerner said. Excessive rainfall and cooler temperatures will help plants in the U.S. Midwest, including Iowa and Illinois, he said. Wet weather delayed planting of crops in both states, which are the largest U.S. producers of corn and soybeans.

“This is good for crops that were planted late,” said Lerner, whose weather forecasting company is based in Kansas City. “We’re going to dry out in the autumn. So people might be surprised by how well the crops do, despite being planted late.”

Rainfall in India will decline during the critical monsoon season, which could affect crop development, Lerner said. India is the world’s fifth-biggest grower of soybeans and third- largest rapeseed producer.

“Rainfall in India is going to be poor,” Lerner said. “The oilseeds are all in the reproductive states in September and October, and if they don’t have rain in those two months, there could be some problems.”

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Seawater enters hamlets

Fishing operations in almost all 42 western coastal hamlets of Kanyakumari district came to a standstill on Tuesday as sea was very rough and sea water entered the villages.

As heavy winds were lashing the entire western coast for the past few days, the houses in proximity to the coast were facing the threat of being washed away.

When the sea water entered the villages this morning, over 25 houses were badly damaged at Kadiyapattinam.

The road connecting the coastal hamlets also suffered extensive damage.

As violent tides started hitting the shores right from early morning, a one-day holiday was declared for the primary school at Irayumanthurai.

From "The Hindu"

raining more in Bangalore

If you thought freak weather
was a faraway occurrence, then digest this: Bangalore received 20 cm of rainfall in the first half of the
June monsoon. Unusual, because Bangalore has received such an amount of rainfall only thrice since 1961, and that too not in the first half but in the entire month.

The last time we received above-20-cm rainfall in June was in 1996. We still have 15 days for this month’s quota. Meteorological department predicts at least 3-4 cm more of rainfall. “We received 22 cm in 1983, 21 cm in 1991 and 23 cm in 1996. In June 1996, there was a major cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal, which came very close to Chennai and could have affected both cities. The average rainfall in June is 8 cm. Data shows a considerable increase in pre-monsoon and monsoon rain over Bangalore.”

In 1961, the average pre-monsoon rainfall over Bangalore was 5 cm and nearly doubled to 9 cm in 2008. Likewise, Bangalore’s average monsoon rainfall of 40 cm in 1961 has now climbed to 52 cm. “I don’t know if this rise can be attributed to global warming, the impact of which is seen over a vast area. It cannot be sea-surface temperature rise as well because that can affect the climate nearby, but not a particular location,” said Met director A Muthuchami.

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