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Barmer records 43.7°C

95 per cent monsoons for 2007: IMD


 

CHANDIGARH
  • The maximum temperature on Thursday was 34.8ºC
    and the minimum 21.0ºC.
    The maximum relative humidity was 82 per cent and the minimum 31 per cent.
  • Sunset: Friday - 6.52
  • Sunrise: Saturday - 5.50
  • OUTLOOK FOR  friday:  Mainly clear with possibility Of thundery development towards after noon or evening.
 
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REGION

Extremes
Town Max (in Celsius) Min (in Celsius)

Ambala

36.1

19.5

Amritsar

40.9

19.5

Bhuntar

29.5

12.0

Hisar

23.2

Jammu

22.0

Karnal

37.8

21.4

Ludhiana

35.5

18.8

Patiala

37.0

20.6

Shimla

22.2

12.2

Srinagar

8.0

Sundernagar

31.7

14.6


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Read under headings Max (maximum temperature), Min (minimum temperature), R (rainfall in past 24 hours) and TR (total rainfall):

Station

Max

Min

R

TR

Ahmedabad

42

28

0

0

Bangalore

33

21

7

25

Bhopal

38

26

0

0

Bhubaneswar

36

25

0

32

Chennai

36

27

0

10

Gangtok

24

15

0

274

Guwahati

35

22

0

150

Hyderabad

35

22

6

19

Jaipur

39

24

0

36

Kolkata

35

26

0

40

Lucknow

35

22

0

25

Mumbai

33

26

0

0

New Delhi

35

24

0

59

Panjim

33

26

0

0

Patna

38

25

0

68

Thiruvananthapuram

34

26

0

151

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Barmer records 43.7°C
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 19
Rainfall:
Rain/thundershowers have occurred at most places in Uttaranchal, at a few places in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and west Rajasthan and at isolated places in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Weather was mainly dry in the rest of the region.

The chief amounts of rainfall in cm are: Rajasthan: Sriganganagar 2 and Uttaranchal: Mukershwar 2 and Tehri 1.

Temperatures: The maximum temperatures fell markedly in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, west Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal, fell appreciably in Jammu and Kashmir and east Uttar Pradesh and changed little elsewhere. They were markedly above normal in west Rajasthan, appreciably above normal in Jammu and Kashmir and east Rajasthan, appreciably below normal in west Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal, below normal in Haryana, Punjab and east Uttar Pradesh and normal in in the rest of the region. The highest temperature in the region was 43.7°C recorded at Barmer (Rajasthan).

Forecast valid until the morning of April 21: Rain/thundershowers are likely at a few places in Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal and at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir and east Uttar Pradesh. Isolated dust storm/thunderstorm are likely in the rest of the region.

Outlook for the subsequent two days: Mainly dry weather over the region.

Forecast for Delhi and neighbourhood valid until the morning of April 21: Mainly clear sky likely to become partly cloudy with possibility of thundry development/light rain towards evening. The maximum temperature will be around 38°C.

Farmers’ weather bulletin for Delhi: Forecast valid until the morning of April 21: Light rain likely at a few places.

Outlook for the subsequent two days: Mainly dry weather.

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95 per cent monsoons for 2007: IMD
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Apr 19
Basing its predictions on a brand new system involving newly adopted statistical forecast models, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted a normal, about five percent less than average, monsoon for 2007.

In its first status report on the country’s most-awaited yearly weather phenomenon, the nodal agency for long range forecast in the country predicted the monsoon rains to be 95 per cent of the long period average (LPA) with an error margin of five per cent. In other words, India can expect to get 84-cm rainfall, which is 95 per cent of 89 cm, the normal overall long period average for the country.

Director of the Pune-based National Climate Center M. Rajeevan told The Tribune that though five per cent below average, good monsoon rains can be expected during 2007. “Ninety-five cent of the LPA is a good rainfall average and for farmers this figure spells good news,” Rajeevan said.

He said what was adding to the prospects of a good monsoon were indications of development of La Nina conditions between monsoon months of July and September and the fact that Europe temperatures were above normal. On the flip side though were many western disturbances during the month of March.

The IMD will update this forecast in June 2007 as a part of its second stage forecast when separate forecasts for the July rainfall over the country as a whole and seasonal rainfall over the four geographical regions will be issued.

The IMD, which has been coming under a lot of flak for several of its predictions having gone way off the mark in the past, has now based its forecast on the newly adopted statistical forecast system for forecasting the southwest monsoon, so very crucial for the country’s farm-dependant economy. Last year, whereas the country experienced 100 per cent rainfall, the IMD’s initial prediction of 93 per cent rainfall of the LPA was seven per cent off the mark.

Officials say the new forecast system was based on new parameters for better results. According to R.C. Bhatia, director-general Meteorology, there were three major changes in the new five/six statistical forecasting system from the existing eight/10 parameter models, making it improved and a more reliable system.

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