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Monday , October 29 , 2012
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Wait a week for winter shivers

Let mothballs manage your wardrobe woollens for a little longer. It isn’t yet time to parade winter fashion, say weathermen.

A strong cyclonic circulation building over the Bay of Bengal have kept the nippy north wind on leash and a complete onset of the season of chill will take place only after another week. But, late is not lazy for this weather god. So, brrace for sub-seven chill by the end of the year.

The Patna Meteorological Office on Sunday confirmed that the atmospheric circulation was preventing free flow of the north-westerly wind, which aids onset of winter.

“Winter may give Jharkhand the shivers only after a week, around November 7. The strong circulations over the south bay will not impact Jharkhand’s weather condition, but it is delaying the north wind’s full-fledged entry,” said its director A.K. Sen.

He added that a weather chart analysis was suggesting that the cyclonic circulation would gradually convert into a depression. “This is expected to hit either Andhra or Tamil Nadu coast in the next 72 hours,” he maintained.

Sen said the adverse weather condition due to the atmospheric circulation over the Bay of Bengal would result in moisture incursion into atmosphere, but rain was a very distant possibility.

In its afternoon forecast, the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, Calcutta, echoed Patna findings. A duty officer said Jharkhand’s skies would remain partly cloudy after Monday owing to the impact of the depression.

“Currently, dry westerly winds are blowing over the state. The wind pattern will change to north-westerly only after the depression hits coast. The north wind will prompt night temperatures to plunge in Jharkhand,” the officer at Alipore explained.

Most districts, meanwhile, sported a clear sky on Sunday. The Met department has predicted misty mornings and evenings without any possibility of rain because of the Bay of Bengal system.

The minimum temperature in capital Ranchi plummeted to 15°C on Sunday from Saturday’s 17°C. The reading is two notches below normal. Weathermen attributed Ranchi’s chill factor to its advantage of altitude (746 metres).

Situated on the plains, Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas recorded a minimum of 17.9°C. On Saturday, the steel city was a tad warmer at 18.5°C. Sunday’s minimum is a degree below average normal.

Heat chamber Daltonganj too is toeing its cooler cousins with a temperature drop to 18.3°C from 19°C some 24 hours ago.

The night reading hovered between 18°C and 20°C in several other districts like Bokaro, Dhanbad, Dumka, Hazaribagh, Deoghar and Simdega.

A senior weather analyst at the Patna Met office warned that the winter would be harsher this year. “Minimum temperatures are expected to drop below 7°C by the third week of December,” he said.

How do you plan to welcome winter this year?