Thursday, November 12, 2009

RT @meteorochennai: Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely to continue over extreme south peninsular India.Possible Rain by weekend(Fri/Sat)
RT @HeadlinesIndia: Temperatures drop in Himachal Pradesh after snow, rain India news
More showers for Chennai and North TN coast starting from morning of Saturday, 14-Nov-09 ..
South bay just south-east of is getting active as of Today .. .. A cyclone formation is predicted in that zone.
90% clear looking India.. NO trace of remnant of "phyan" ..
Chennai - Hot, Clear Sky and humid.. now 1:52pm
NASA image of Tropical Storm Phyan taken at 2:15pm, 11-Nov-09 ..

NASA image of Tropical Storm Phyan

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image at 2:15 p.m. local time (08:45 UTC) on November 11. Phyan stretches from the Arabian sea toward the northeast over India’s interior, blanketing much of the coast in clouds.

According to this image, Around 2:15pm itself the Cyclone has made landfall..!!
CNN report yesterday was perfect:: "'Weak' cyclone nears Mumbai, heavy rains predicted" ..

Cyclone Phyan fizzles out

The Chief Minister’s Office in Gandhinagar on Wednesday morning prepared an action plan for disaster management and put district
officials on high alert. In Mumbai, schools and colleges closed their gates by afternoon. Navy and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) appealed to the private sector to shut shop by afternoon. And Gujarat and Mumbai waited with bated breath for Phyan to hit.

But Cyclone Phyan, which in Burmese means vicious fruit from the weather god, lost much of its bite. It barely scraped by the Mumbai’s coastline: Phyan crossed the coast between Mumbai and Alibag between 3.30pm and 4.30pm without causing much damage.

By late afternoon, cyclone alert was removed from Gujarat. With the scare gone, people in Surat, Vadodara and even Ahmedabad made the most of the unexpected change in weather. Heavy rainfall was recorded in regions of Valsad, Surat and some villages of coastal Saurashtra.

However, heavy rains lashed Mumbai even as the state machinery was geared to tackle any eventuality. “Instead of moving towards Gujarat, the cyclone changed its course to Rajasthan in the evening. By then it had dissipated,” said Mahesh Narvekar, deputy chief officer, disaster management cell of BMC.

Meanwhile, the weather department has said that though the system is weakening and on its way out, it has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and some parts of Gujarat over the next 24 hours. Officials did not rule out the possibility of shutting the Bandra-Worli Sea Link as a safety measure.

“The cyclone has weakened and the depression is expected to move north-north-easterly,” said director of India Meteorology Department, Gujarat, Kamaljeet Ray.

However, four people were killed and over 1,000 houses were partially damaged in the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane and Raigad of Maharashtra after Cyclone Phyan hit the coast on Wednesday morning.
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RT @alap1983: Mrg evry1. The cyclone has passed Mumbai. Clear & Sunny Day. Hope its Happy too. Konkan is feeling the wrath of nature :(
RT @mohitmahajan: Good Morning tweeps.. Itz sunny outta here@mumbai.. Cyclonic activities seem to have weathered away
Chennai - After more than a week, we have bright sunlight from early morning.
The remnant of Cyclone "Phyan" will cause some thunder storms over U.P, Dekhi and north-east M.P , later in afternoon.
Cyclone Phyan weakens into depression after crossing coast .. and NO trace of it now .. 9:59am, 12-Nov-09..
Ahmedabad - Phyan effect: A Sunday feeling on Wednesday . ..
Iron ore-laden ship damaged due to cyclone ..
Cyclone Phyan storms in, and out ..
Where is Cyclone "phyan" ..
Saurashtra spends windy day with sporadic showers as cyclone skirts Gujarat ..