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Lightning, rains in Bihar today, crop damage threat looms large

April 20, 2017 12:05 PM |

Rain in BiharBihar is all set to witness another spell of pre-Monsoon rain and thundershowers on Thursday, especially northern and eastern parts of the state. Rain bearing clouds have been hovering over these regions since the morning hours and thundershowers may begin anytime soon now.

Rain and thundershowers with squally winds are expected over Araria, Begusarai, Darbhanga, Khagaria, Madhepura, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Saharsa, Samastipur, Sitamarhi and Supaul during the next two to six hours. Hail storm with lightning and thunder are also possible at few places.

We can expect another spell of pre-Monsoon activities in the evening hours as well.

East Bihar has already recorded good rains during the span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Wednesday, wherein Supaul recorded very heavy showers to the tune of 52.9 mm. This was followed by Purnea 16.6 mm, Bhagalpur 6.4 mm, and Farbesganj 2.2 mm.

According to Skymet Weather, a cyclonic circulation is persisting over eastern parts of Bihar and adjoining areas. A trough is also extending from this system up to coastal Odisha.

With this, weather conditions remain conducive for pre-Monsoon activities over many parts of foothills and East Bihar for the next 2-3 days. Intense showers for an hour and so are likely in morning or during the late afternoon hours, which is typical pattern of pre-Monsoon showers.

“Normally during this time of the year, violent thunderstorm with lightning strikes, hailstorm and thunder are very common over the parts of Bihar,” said Mahesh Palawat, Chief Meteorologists, Skymet Weather.

In wake of rains, the maximum temperatures have already dropped by 4-5 degrees during the last 24 hours, ushering in much needed relief from scorching hot weather. Now, with these on and off rains to continue, rise in day maximums will be restricted at least for the next few days.

Threat of crop damage looms large

Since the nature of rains will be intense, these pre-Monsoon activities pose great threat to standing crop of wheat and maize in the state. Though harvesting of crop is already underway but farmers are advised to speed up the process.

Moreover, farmers are also advised not to keep the harvested crop in the open field and it should be shifted to a safe shelter.

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