Saturday, February 06, 2010

Cyclone Oli .. expected to weaken as it continued to move south over cooler waters .. http://bit.ly/aDMGBg

Cyclone Oli (update)


Cyclone Oli was a Category 4 storm on February 4, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image. The powerful storm was moving southeast across the South Pacific over the French Polynesian Islands. Tahiti, the most populous of the islands, is under the outer edge of the storm in the upper right.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Oli had winds of 213 kilometers per hour (132 miles per hour or 115 knots) at 1:40 p.m., local time, when this image was acquired. Forecasters expected the storm to weaken as it continued to move south over cooler waters.
At least 3,400 people were evacuated from Tahiti and nearby islands as Oli approached, reported BBC News. The storm’s strong winds damaged homes and power lines. One person died and several others were injured in the storm, said BBC News.
The highest resolution version of the image is provided above. The image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response System.
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Confluence of northwesterly and east to southeasterly winds is expected to trigger rains over east and east-central India.
As expected, the hills and plains have seen minimum (night) temperatures shoot up under the cover of low and medium clouds
Most productive westerly system to cross in from the northwest border so far this season
‘active' western disturbance may have already started affecting the western Himalayan region from Friday .. http://bit.ly/c2voDz
Couple trapped due to high tide at Mumbai beach rescued ... http://bit.ly/aMhtNA

Snow, rain forecast over western Himalayan region

The ‘active' western disturbance may have already started affecting the western Himalayan region from Friday, according to an update by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

This is the most productive westerly system to cross in from the northwest border so far this season.

Rain, snow

Earlier systems had lacked the depth and magnitude to trigger the kind of heavy snow and rain over the hills expected of the incumbent.

Light to moderate rain or snow will occur at a few places over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh during the next 24 hours and over Uttarakhand from Saturday. Isolated rain or thundershowers have been forecast over Arunachal Pradesh during the next 24 hours.

As expected, the hills and plains have seen minimum (night) temperatures shoot up under the cover of low and medium clouds (partial cloud coverage). This phase would later give rise to showers over the plains.

Minimum temperatures were above normal by 4 to 8 deg Celsius over parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, which provide the gateway for incoming western disturbances.

The minima were lower to the east of the country with east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of Orissa and the northeast seeing the mercury dip lower by 2 to 4 deg Celsius. The lowest minimum of 4.2 deg Celsius was recorded at Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh.

Maximum temperatures were above normal by 3 to 5 deg Celsius over Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat till such time as the skies stayed clear ahead of the arrival of the active western disturbance. They were below normal over west Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

A further increase in minimum and maximum temperatures by 2 to 4 deg Celsius has been indicated over northwest India during the next two days.

The active western disturbance is expected to start affecting the plains of northwest India from Monday onwards, the IMD said.

Widespread rain

Mainly northwesterly winds prevailed over the Indo-Gangetic plains on Friday.

According to the forecast up to Wednesday, widespread rain or snow with heavy to very heavy falls could occur at a few places over Jammu and Kashmir, while it could be isolated and heavy over Himachal Pradesh. Light to moderate rainfall has been forecast for the plains of northwest India.

The forecast for the week starting Friday by the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction suggested that the western disturbance could leave some ‘dry' patches in parts of the plains. These are likely to be east Rajasthan and adjoining northwest Madhya Pradesh apart from parts of Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh.



But heavy snow and precipitation amounting to 600 per cent above normal for this time of the year has been indicated all along the Himalayan region, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The foothills, east Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, too, are expected to get precipitation amounting to between 400 to 600 per cent of the normal during the week under reference.

The confluence of northwesterly and east to southeasterly winds is expected to trigger rains over east and east-central India (up to 200 to 300 per cent above the normal for this time of the year).

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts has indicated that a follow-up western disturbance of moderate intensity could push into the northwest towards the latter part of next week.
Rains, snow lash Kashmir valley .. http://bit.ly/bnJofK
North set for wet spell, respite from cold as mercury level rises .. http://bit.ly/bBVD01
Heavy snowfall in Kashmir ... http://bit.ly/czBMqY
GFS predicts a GOOD Western Disturbance moving across from North-west from 7-Feb-2010 .. http://yfrog.com/3gadup
http://ping.fm/DgBJw .. South Bay is also Active, but GFS suggests that it'll melt away in 24 hrs.
Sat shot shows .. W.D is crossing borders from North-west & Kashmir .. http://ping.fm/YromL
Chennai - A mild morning today at .. 22.3°C (6:33am)