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Wet weekend, longer winter

The rain seems to be coming back this weekend, like the last one, to make winter’s stay longer than people can think.

The Met office has claimed that cloudy conditions have started forming in and around the state, which may develop into showers by Saturday night or Sunday evening.

“A continuous moisture incursion in the region seems to be taking place from a cyclonic circulation lying over Pakistan on Thursday. It is expected to reach Delhi and the neighbouring regions by Friday. The moisture coming from this weather system is leading to formation of shallow clouds over Bihar as well, which is likely to lead to light rains here either by Saturday night or Sunday morning,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.

The winter seems to be a bit erratic this time even in the third week of February. This is happening even though some residents had switched on the fan last week. After day cold conditions last weekend, the state is gripped with cold wave-like conditions. The minimum temperature has been hovering around 9 degrees Celsius over the past three days.

The Met director claimed that the upcoming rainy weather in the weekend is expected to further delay the departure of winter.

The pattern of unusual weather in Patna and rest of the state was set several months ago, starting with monsoon. The stay of southwest monsoon in 2013 in the state was the longest in the past 10 years.

The rain-bearing clouds had entered in Bihar on June 15 and the rainfall across the state during the monsoon (June 1 to September 30) was the lowest in the past 10 years. The rainfall in October was the highest for the past 10 years and monsoon officially retreated from the state in the third week of the month though its normal date of departure is October 8.

The unusually late departure of southwest monsoon was followed by late onset of winter. Though a nip in the air was being felt in the city from mid-November, Patna fulfilled the minimum temperature criterion for the advent of winter season only from the first week of December. “Erratic seasonal variations have been observed across most parts of eastern India. Detailed scientific study needs to be done to assess the factors behind such weather variation and its further implications,” said Sen.

The weather has not been unusual in eastern India alone. From the US to Canada, England to Japan, quirky weather has troubled people and vexed weather scientists.

Citizens also seem amazed at the erratic weather conditions. “It should have been a bit warmer by this time. In fact, I had switched on the fan in the first week of this month but again the fans are off, and the woollens and blankets are on,” said Ravi Kumar of SK Nagar.


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