Monday, November 02, 2009

366 cases of dengue in Delhi

Fourteen cases of dengue were confirmed on Sunday morning, taking the total number of cases of the vector-borne disease in the national

capital to 366, a health department official said.

"As of today (Sunday) morning, there were 366 confirmed cases of dengue in Delhi. This is no alarming figure since the numbers of those affected has been consistent," N.K. Yadav, chief medical officer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), said.

On Saturday, the total number of cases recorded was 352.

In the past few months there have been two deaths recorded due to dengue - a 15-year-old boy and a nine-year-old boy.

Yadav said temperatures were warmer this year due to lesser rains during the monsoon and, therefore, there was not much breeding of mosquitoes. Last year till Nov 1, a total of 1,070 cases of dengue had been recorded.

"We were well-prepared to handle dengue and our domestic breeding checkers have been taking rounds of their respective areas since May," he said.

But much against the assurances of the MCD that the number of dengue cases in the capital is low, private hospitals have said that in reality the numbers are much higher than what is being said, a claim the civic agency denies.

Core of N-E monsoon rains biding time to enter mainland

Most of the northeast monsoon rains are still falling largely over the open seas around the equator where elevated sea-surface temperatures and resultant convection have thrown up cloud masses across a large area from west to east.

The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) wave is locked in over this belt as can be inferred from the negative outgoing long-wave radiation (OLR) values, a proxy for cloud cover.

Model predictions are of the view that the northward migration of the MJO wave and the cloud cover into southeast Arabian Sea and southwest Bay of Bengal would begin from mid-week this week.

May move north

The cloud cover is forecast to hang over these parts up to November 19 according to the Wheeler MJO tracker, while the Jones model and the Empirical Wave Propagation method of US National Centres for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) saw the wave effect dissipating a few days earlier.

This phase would likely see the whole of the peninsula receiving rains, to the calibrated move north of a weather system over the southeast Arabian Sea along the Kerala coast.

In fact, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) sees the possibility of a 'low' springing up over southwest Arabian Sea tracking north along the Kerala coast intensifying into a cyclone.

It is forecast to make a landfall over the north Konkan-Mumbai-south Gujarat belt around November 11. But meteorologists are of the view that these are early days yet to take a call.

Arrival of intervening western troughs with opposing flows can decisively influence the formation, life and track of a storm developing over the peninsular seas during this time of the year.

But ECMWF visualises precisely this - a westerly trough trooping in but only to scoop the 'low' over Arabian Sea, allowing it to wheel along the west coast for a landfall over the Mumbai-South Gujarat belt.

Not agreeable

Two other cyclone evolution and tracking models, US Navy's NGP and the Canadian Meteorological Centre (CMC), did not agree and indicated that the 'low' may track northwest off Sri Lanka and park itself over central Arabian Sea by November 7 up to which forecasts were available.

The Roundy-Albany model continued to signal some weather activity over the southwest Bay off southeast coastal Tamil Nadu around November 11 but not to the level of intensity initially estimated.

The ECMWF precipitation forecasts seem to more or less agree with the outlook and show some 'unwinding' activity over northern Sri Lanka and southeast Tamil Nadu around this time.

As for the Arabian Sea, this model shows concentrated rains over central and west-central Arabian Sea (away from India coast) tracking the storm movement. This sits well with the storm movement track predicted by NGP and CMC.

Back home, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) update said that the northeast monsoon has been active over Tamil Nadu during the 24 hours ending Sunday. Cold wave conditions prevailed at isolated places over north Madhya Maharashtra.

The Regional Met Centre, Chennai, said that rainfall occurred at many places over coastal Tamil Nadu and at a few places over interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala during this period. Isolated rainfall occurred over Lakshadweep.

Heavy rains

Among stations recording very heavy-to-heavy rainfall (in cm) were: Puducherry airport -16; Sirkali and Cherthala (Kerala) - 9 each; Pamban-6, Karaikal, Tiruchi and Nagapatinam-3 each; Coonoor, Minicoy, K. Paramathy and Thanjavur-2 each.

Forecast until November 3 said rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at many places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at a few places over interior Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Isolated rain or thundershowers are likely over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and south interior Karnataka.

Isolated heavy rain is likely to occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next two days, a warning issued by the Chennai Met Centre said.

Heavy widespread showers forecast for Chennai and south-Andhra coast in 72 hrs .. .. more to continue over south Tip.
Chennai - Sharp showers now 4:54pm after a 4 day lull ..
Rainfall on 1-Nov-09:: Cheyyur (Kanchipuram dt) and Parangipettai 4 cm
Isolated Very heavy shower on 31-Oct-09:: Puducherry Airport 16, Sirkali (Nagapattinam dt) and Cherthala (Alapuzha dt) 9 CM each
Chennai - Getting cloudy after a partly cloudy day so far..
Chennai - After crossing a DRY october now we are into DRY November as well.
Chennai - 70% Clear skies.. warm and NO wind. now 9:54am
Satellite shows a huge potential LOW formation just south-west of southern tip of India .. .