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Wednesday , March 26 , 2014
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Summer saviour remains elusive

The maverick weather god has once again tricked all you Nor’wester watchers.

The overcast conditions and gathering storm in many parts of Jharkhand on Tuesday afternoon was the lingering effect of the cyclonic circulation hovering over Gangetic Bengal and not the much-awaited Kalbaisakhi.

“The cyclonic circulation, which is drawing moisture inland, has resulted in formation of clouds at many places. Rain accompanied by thunder is also expected at a few places in the next 24 hours,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi weather office.

He added that the same system had resulted in a hailstorm in Bengal’s southern districts on Sunday.

Rain clouds made day look like night in Ranchi, Khunti, Jamshedpur, Seraikela and Chaibasa. Inclement weather also prevailed at other places in the Chotanagpur Plateau region. “The wind pattern is not stable, it is fluctuating as the weather is in a transition phase,” Mandal said, adding that observations suggested the system would gradually weaken in 24 hours.

The Patna Meteorological Centre ruled out a Nor’wester even on Wednesday. “We didn’t find any indication in the chart analysis on Tuesday afternoon. Had the system been stronger it could have triggered a Nor’wester,” said an official.

Weathermen explained that a Nor’wester is declared when the wind speed reaches 45kmph and above, and remains so for a minute to turn into a squall.

The Patna Met office, in its 24-hour forecast issued on Tuesday afternoon, warned of rain and thundershowers in isolated pockets of the state.