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Slo-mo life on foggy morning

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 5: Residents woke up to a surprise fog this morning. Some enjoyed the unusual weather, while many suffered from delay in air and train services as well as slow vehicular traffic due to dense fog.

An official of the meteorology department said such weather would continue for the next one week as the day temperature had been rising.

An airport official said two flights from Delhi and Calcutta were delayed today owing to the heavy fog condition in Bhubaneswar. Indigo flight 6E-293 from Calcutta that was scheduled to arrive at Bhubaneswar at 8.20am was delayed by 1.25 hours and landed at Biju Patnaik Airport at 9.45am. Similarly, flight 6E-257 from Delhi was scheduled to arrive at Bhubaneswar at 9am, but it arrived at 9.53am and its scheduled departure at 9.30am from here got also delayed by 50 minutes.

“Only two flights were delayed today by a few hours. We will see the fog conditions in the coming days and decide accordingly,” said the official. He added that the visibility was very low, but luckily, there were no flights scheduled early in the morning.

Major trains originating, approaching and passing through Bhubaneswar have been delayed by several hours due to the fog in the morning. Rajdhani Express that was scheduled to arrive at Bhubaneswar at 5.30pm was running two hours late and arrived in the city at 7.30pm. Purushottam Express from Delhi to Puri was four hours late. It was scheduled to arrive at Bhubaneswar at 3.25am, but reached at 7.27am. Similarly, Neelachal Express that was scheduled to arrive at 2.55pm in Bhubaneswar was delayed by 3.5 hours.

A railway official said that besides the major trains, several local residents were also affected by the heavy fog condition. “The fog was removed with the progress of the day and mostly those trains approaching or leaving the station were affected by it in the morning,” he said.

Similarly, vehicular traffic was affected due to the prevailing fog condition. The vehicles were seen moving very slow switching on headlights. “It was the first day of heavy fog this season. It was very difficult to see things from a distance. The fog continued till 9am,” said local resident Jamuna Singh.

“It felt like a day in a hill station. I called up my friends and we took some nice pictures to post on our social networking profiles,” said college student Priyanka Behera.

A Met department official said there was no report of fog this winter.

“We reported first dense fog of the season today with a visibility of around 50 metres,” said director of the meteorology centre S.C. Sahu.

Sahu pointed to cool nights and low wind speed to be other reasons for the fog. “With the rising temperatures, the moisture from the sea enters the land area. At night, temperature falls drastically cooling the atmosphere. The condensed moisture forms an emulsion and creates fog. Had the wind some speed, it would have helped the moisture move away. But, minimum speed of wind does not disturb the moisture and the fog gets dense,” said Sahu.

He said if the day temperature would fall in the coming days and there would be minimum difference in the day and night temperature, the fog condition would not be there.