Saturday, May 08, 2010

chennai - today also touched a moderate 36.3 °C (2:49pm) and still having good breeze from south-east
3:30pm, heavy thunder showers over W-N-W of nagercoil in kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu, where the W. ghats ends in south.
Tirunelveli - 9:30pm, heavy thunder storm again after 24 hrs.
8:30pm, heavy showers all along w.ghats from karnataka to S. extreme kerala ..
12:30pm, clear looking india always with shower possibilities over south peninsula.

Heat Wave "Cooling Down"

The W.D. has caused widespread showers in the past 2/3 days across the Northern States, and provided much relief to the people from sweltering heat and dry weather. The Himalayan States of H.P. and Kashmir, which had been through an unprecedented heat wave, with temperatures giong upto 37c in H.P. have recieved good rain and snow on the upper reaches.                  
                                    (Simla Rain. Pic from C'garh Tribune)
In H.P, strong winds and hails in some pockets caused damage to apple and fruit crops in Shimla, Kullu, Solan and parts of Mandi districts. The maximum precipitation of 50 mm was recorded at Pachhad in Sirmour and Kasauli in Solan district. Una had 42 mm, Narkanda 28 mm, Kufri 22 mm and Dharamsala 20 mm.
Dhauladhar ranges experienced heavy snowfall,dropping the temperature considerably. The nights in the state were in the range of 3-5c in the upper regions.
The lowest night temperature in Kashmir was -6c at Drass.
Reports of rain, in H.P. were received from Jawalamukhi, Palampur, Ranital, Dharamsala and McLeodganj.

Overall too, the days temperatures have come down to "reasonable " levels. The high intense heat pocket is now restricted to a patch in the central areas of India ( highest in India was in this region, Brahmpuri at 44c).. Otherwise, we see a large portion along the West side is in the near normal range, and the Northern belt , now in the below normal range.(IMD departure/day map).


Due to this "cooling Off", we see the seasonal low weakening a bit. The central core region of the low was 1004 mb today morning.