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Main weather observations (recorded during past 24 hours)

  • Fairly widespread rain/snow has occurred over Jammu & Kashmir and isolated over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Fairly widespread rainfall has occurred over West Bengal & Sikkim, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, scattered over Jharkhand and isolated over Bihar and Chhattisgarh.
  • The chief amounts of precipitation (in cm) recorded at 0830 hours IST of today is Balurghat-11, Baripada-5, Cherrapunji-4, Pahalgoan and Kupwara-3 each, Purina, Halflong, Midnapore, Tinsukia, Balasore, Quazigund and Banihal-2 each and Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Passighat, Chaparmukh, Sambalpur, Keongjhargarh, Srinagar and Nancowry-1 each.
  • Maximum temperatures fell by 4-7°C over some parts of east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and changed little elsewhere. They are below normal by 5-8°C over some parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and 2-3° C over parts of plains of northwest and central India and near normal over rest of the country.
  • The highest maximum temperature of 40.5°C recorded at Rentachintala (Andhra Pradesh).
  • Kalpana-1 cloud imagery at 0830 hours IST shows convective clouds over parts of Jammu & Kashmir and coastal Orissa. Low/medium clouds are seen over parts of rest western Himalayan region, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim, northeast and extreme south peninsular India.

Major features of weather forecast (upto 0830 hours IST of 8th April 2011))

  • Fairly widespread rain/snow would occur over Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and scattered over Uttarakhand during next 48 hours and decrease thereafter.
  • Fairly widespread rain/thundershowers would occur over northeastern states during next 48 hours and decrease thereafter.
  • Scattered rain/thundershowers would occur over east and adjoining central India during next 24 hours and decrease thereafter.
  • Isolated rain/thundershowers would occur over south peninsular India and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • Isolated dust storms/thunderstorms would occur over northwest India during next 24 hours.
  • Latest available satellite picture (Fig.1.) indicates the current cloud condition across Indian region.
  • The climate outlook for the period of seven days i.e. 5th to 12th April 2011 (Fig.2) fairly widespread rain/snow may occur over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and scattered over Uttarakhand. Fairly widespread rain/thundershowers would occur over northeastern states, central India, south peninsular India and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • Departure map of maximum temperature (based on 1730 hrs observations on 4th April 2011) over India is shown in figure 3.

Weather Warning

  • Isolated thunder squalls with wind speed exceeding 65 kmph would occur over Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya during next 24 hours.
  • Isolated dust storms/thunderstorms would occur over Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan during next 24 hours

Agricultural activities

  • Dry weather prevailed in Konkan region of Maharashtra state during past few days. The maximum and minimum temperature ranged from 31.8 to 34.0°C and 16.5 to 22.5°C, respectively. Agricultural operations like spraying in cashew, mango, harvesting of cole crops like cabbage, knolkol, chilli, brinjal, tomato, leaf vegetables and bottle gourd, cow pea, kulthi and covering of watermelon fruits with paddy straw are in progress. Low intensity of pest/diseases like mango hopper, thrips in mango, tea mosquito and thrips in cashew, aphids in wal, niger & sesames crops were noticed.
  • Light rainfall received in several places in Bihar state during past few days. Maximum and minimum temperatures ranged from 29.1°C to 35.7°C and 16.9 to 20.2°C respectively. Agricultural operations like irrigation in maize, harvesting, threshing and drying of mustard and tobacco and sowing of summer moong and urd. Spraying in pigeon pea and chickpea. Harvesting of potato, lentil and pea crops are in progress. Low to medium pest/diseases like pod borer in pigeon pea.

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