Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Hailstorm Rains in Maharashtra

Hailstorms occur in the month of February once in every 10 years. The hailstorms in 1989, 1991 and 1992 caused damages to crops. The hailstorm of Monday has destroyed the crops extensively.
The city experienced rain of 29.6 mm on March 3. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius and the maximum was 30.5 degree Celsius. The humidity was 51 per cent. The temperature of the city on March 4 was minimum 16.5 degree Celsius and maximum was 28 degree Celsius, whereas the humidity was 85 per cent. Water resource department's engineer JV Sardeshpande said, "The cities near seashores have humidity percentage of 85 to 90 per cent. Aurangabad too was experiencing the same." Main reason for this is 

 * After-effect of global warming
* Air pollution by industries, cutting trees behind phenomenon
* City's weather resembles coastal weather Max rains in March in past 24 years
Year Rain in mm
1989 58.5
2008 42.6
2014 29.6
Marathwada experienced hailstorm thrice in a week recently. There was hail everywhere, which gave the region a 'Kashmir look'.  Though the hailstorm was unprecedented, hail storms witnessed in 1989 were fiercer than this. This is an after-effect of global warming, which keeps occurring in a certain span of time.  However, this time it was a little different. Hailstorms occur only for a day. However, this time it occurred in two or three stages and covered a large area, said agriculture and weather experts.
Marathwada experienced cold climate like Mahabaleshwar and 'snowfall' like Kashmir. This change has neither occurred in a day or two nor for the first time in the last 30 years. Former Walmi official and dam assistant director Dr SB Warade said, "A low pressure area has occurred in the north of Karnatak. This has resulted in wind turbulence, due to which the clouds are cooling down and resulting into hailstorms."
Hailstorms were noticed in Marathwada's Parbhani, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad and in some areas of Aurangabad on Monday. Layers of hail were collected on surfaces of Osmanabad area and in some other areas of the district. A rain of 58 mm was recorded in a day in March in 1989. Gusty hailstorms were noticed from 3 pm to 4 pm. This affected mango flowering. The trees shed leaves. Hail could be seen the next morning too. A rainfall of 42 mm was recorded in March 2008 too. Hailstorms occurred then too. Weather changes can be experienced more intensely nowadays due to pollution by industries, air pollution caused due to gases from AC, refrigerators and vehicles and cutting down of trees on a large scale. 
Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) project deputy director Satish Shiradkar said, "The peculiar thing about this year's hailstorms is that they occurred in areas, where hailstorms have never occurred before this. The area receiving hailstorms has increased this year. Looking at the record on hailstorms, they were noticed just once in the month of February or March. However, this time it occurred thrice in a week. The cold as well as warm climate can be felt intensely. News-lt

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