| A man and his son brave the rain on their way to school in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Morning does not always show the day.
Residents in the city woke to the pitter-patter with a momentary shower around 6.30am. Schoolchildren and early risers were hopeful to witness the much-awaited summer rain during the rest of the day but such expectations were short-lived.
The cumulonimbus clouds, some of which were 6-8km high, caused mere 0.4mm showers in around five to 10 minutes and dispersed thereafter to make way for clear skies. The rest of the day was hot with the mercury touching 39.4 degrees Celsius. It stood at 38 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Patna apart, such dry conditions were observed in other parts of the state as well. Gaya topped the maximum temperature chart in the state on Wednesday with the highest level in the mercury column standing at 40.0 degrees Celsius. Bhagalpur, on the other hand, was almost equally hot as Patna with the maximum temperature being recorded at 39.2 degrees Celsius.
Weathermen attributed the sudden thunderstorm in the morning to Nor’wester. However, they ruled out the possibility of recurrence of the Nor’wester during the next three to four days.
“The morning showers were typical Nor’wester activity as the conditions in and around Patna were favourable for the same from Tuesday. Easterly winds had brought sufficient moisture to cause the showers. However, the winds were not strong enough to cause continuous showers,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.
As the rains were gone in a couple of minute, thus residents were left disappointed. “I took my daughter to her bus stop under an umbrella as it was drizzling then. However, the rain was gone soon and the day was once again hot,” said Neha Sharma of Boring Road.
But residents would have to wait for at least around a week to witness such Nor’wester led downpour, claimed the Met office. “Though moist easterly winds are blowing in the region but it is not strong enough to caused thundershowers. Moreover, there is no other weather system like any cyclonic circulation around the region, which could create conducive conditions for Nor’ wester activities during the next three to four days,” said Sen.