Dust Storm Hits Delhi-NCR Again
Yet another dust storm hit Delhi-NCR early on 16 May, with residents reporting strong winds and rain. Some parts of the capital region also reported electricity cuts due to the weather.
Why do Dust Storms Occur?
The month of May has witnessed three western disturbances so far, leading to furious thunderstorms and dust storms across swathes of northern India in which more than 150 people have died.
Thunderstorms, dust storms, rainfall during summers have been a normal phenomenon in northern India."But not of this severity. The frequency of western disturbance is unusually high," Mahesh Pahlawat, vice-president (Meteorology and Climate Change) at Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, told PTI.
Mritunjay Mohapatra, additional director general of India Meteorological Department, told PTI that May alone has witnessed three western disturbances until now while April saw one. Mohapatra said the frequent western disturbances are one of the main reasons for the thunderstorms and dust storms.
A western disturbance originates in the Mediterranean Sea and brings rainfall to northwestern India.
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Three persons died in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, after heavy winds returned to Delhi NCR on Saturday, 19 May, after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted storm-like conditions in the national capital.
The capital woke up to a sunny Sunday morning with minimum temperature recorded at 27 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average
Week of Storms
The 16 May storm is the latest in a series of storms that have lashed parts of India this week. The thunderstorms on 2 and 3 May and 13 and 14 May saw wind gusting at more than 100 kmph.
As many as 80 people were killed in five states due to thunderstorms and lightning since 13 May, with Uttar Pradesh alone recording 51 deaths, the Home Ministry said on 14 May. Meanwhile, six more deaths, including a girl aged under four, were reported from the state of Bihar, parts of which were hit by a thunderstorm that uprooted trees, electric poles and billboards.
One Dead, 13 Injured in Dust Storm in Delhi
An 18-year-old man was killed and 13 people injured in the dust storm that hit the national capital in the early hours on 16 May, a police official told PTI.
The deceased was identified as Sohail a resident of North East Delhi's Gokal Puri area. He got injured after a wall collapsed on him while he was sleeping in his house. Four members of his family have also sustained minor injuries, the police official said.
Fresh Thunderstorm, Squall Warning
The meteorological department has issued a weather warning for thunderstorms, squalls and dust storms at various places in the country on Thursday.
According to the advisory, thunderstorms, accompanied by a squall, was likely at isolated places over West Bengal and Odisha on Thursday.
Thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds, were “very likely” at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, the advisory said.
Delhi-NCR Braces For Yet Another Storm
News of yet another storm brewing has sent residents in Delhi-NCR into a tizzy, with many taking to social media to discuss the latest in a string of storms to hit the country.
Thunderstorm Accompanied with Gusty Winds Very Likely in DElhi: IMD
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a notification saying that northern states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are very likely to be hit by a thunderstorm that will be accompanied with squall and hail.
The IMD has said that the thunderstorm is very likely in places like Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, Sikkim along with others.
Sunny Morning in Delhi; Thunderstorm Likely in Evening
Delhiites on Friday woke up to a sunny morning, a day after gusty winds coupled with light rains hit the national capital.
However, the day temperature will continue to remain above 40 degrees Celsius, an official of the department said.
On Thursday, gusty winds coupled with light rain hit the city, bringing relief to Delhiites from heat conditions. Gusty wind at a speed of up to 71 km per hour hit the city the last evening.
The maximum temperature on Thursday settled at 41.8 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 26.1 degrees Celsius.
Strong Winds, Thunderstorm Return to Delhi NCR
Strong winds and thunderstorm returned to Delhi NCR on Saturday, 19 May.