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Mahabaleshwar missing winter charm
Anjali Marar | Thursday, 1 December 2016 AT 11:23 AM IST
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Pune: One of the fascinating hill stations near Pune, Mahabaleshwar is yet to experience cold winter days this season. Both day and night temperatures during most days in November were above the normal mark, robbing the hill station of its usual chill.
According to weather experts, the main reason for this year’s warm winter mainly over this part of the region in Maharashtra is due to lack of cloud cover and excess dryness observed in the atmosphere.

Speaking to Sakal Times regarding this trend was G Pandithurai, Project Head of High Altitude Cloud Physical Laboratory (HACPL), Mahabaleshwar operated by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). Data generated from this specially-erected laboratory to study atmosphere, particularly at higher altitudes, has given experts some clue in this matter.

“Generally, due to cloud cover, the amount of solar radiation largely remains limited during this time of the year, which has not be realised this year,” he said.

According to experts at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, several cities in Maharashtra have been experiencing warm days since last week, with maximum and minimum temperatures shooting from the normal mark by 3-6 degree Celsius.
“There has been moisture incursion due to warm easterly winds blowing over south peninsular region and extending up to south Maharashtra,” said an official from IMD. Pune recorded 33.2 degrees on the day which was nearly 4 degrees above normal. Similarly, Solapur (35.1 degrees), Aurangabad (33 degrees) Nagpur (32.9 degrees) experienced a hot day on Wednesday.

Heavy rains over Tn, Puducherry
Cyclonic storm Nada is all set to bring heavy rains along the east coast of Tamil Nadu and some regions in adjoining Kerala. On Wednesday evening, cyclone Nada was located about 770 km south-east to Chennai. As the Met office has warned of this system to further intensify in the coming two days, it is expected to move towards the Indian mainland by December 2. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into deep seas during December 1 and 3 as squally winds blowing at the speed of 45-50 km/hr are expected. Schools in Tamil Nadu will remain shut on December 1 and 2.


David - Thursday, 1 December 2016 AT 04:48 PM IST
Reduction in cloud cover is linked to reduction in forest cover. Urgent steps needed to protect biodiversity.

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