It is soccer time in Jamshedpur on a misty Sunday morning. Picture by Bhola Prasad
If you are unable to flaunt your winter haute couture, blame it on Zeus.
The mythological Greek god — aka Jupiter in ancient Rome — who exercises command over the Earth’s weather is triggering a third tempest in the high seas to rob you of your fashion chill drill until mid-December after which north wind promises to reign supreme.
After Helen and Lehar, Madi — a severe cyclonic storm originating in the Bay of Bengal — is expected to make landfall in India’s southern coasts around Sunday midnight to coerce minimum temperatures in Jharkhand into yet another unseasonal upsurge.
Currently, the storm lies centred at 12°N latitude and 84.6°E longitude, about 1,200km southwest of Calcutta.
“Satellite and radar pictures suggest that it will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over the next 12 hours before it makes a landfall in Tamil Nadu and Andhra coasts,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior forecast official at the Patna Meteorological Centre.
Though, according to Chaudhary, Madi will not have “significant impact” on Jharkhand, it will push up night readings for a temporary period owing to moisture incursion into the atmosphere. The Patna weather office, in its short-term forecast, has predicted partly cloudy skies with mist and fog in the morning.
“The weather will remain mainly dry, but incursion of moisture as an impact of the severe cyclonic storm will result in clouds. This will steal the nip in the air by letting the Celsius scale up,” the senior Met official explained.
Minimum temperatures did not witness any significant change in the past 24 hours though. The readings in most parts of the state hovered between 9°C and 12°C.
Ranchi recorded a minimum of 9°C, a notch below its average normal, on Sunday. The local observatory had read 8.4°C on Saturday. The minimum in Jamshedpur too rose a little to 11.8°C from 11.1°C, the new reading being two notches below the normal.
Daltonganj, on the other hand, got a tad cooler at 8.8°C from 9.1°C. In Koderma, Deoghar, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Simdega and a few other places, night readings hopped up by a degree or two.
“This winter has been peculiar. The weather is changing every day. Sometimes we are grabbing woollens, sometimes we are shelving them. God, when will winter feel like winter?” said Bistupur resident Tanya Sinha, a student of Jamshedpur Women’s College.
Winter buffs, however, can take consolation in the prediction that Madi would be the last Bay baby of 2013.
“The season of cyclonic storms lasts till the second week of December. We find no sign of any other tempest brewing over the Bay of Bengal,” said T.N. Jha, a weather expert, warning of bone-numbing chill after December 15.
How are you keeping safe in this maverick weather?