As predicted by Skymet Weather, widespread rain and thundershower activities were observed over most parts of Punjab and Haryana yesterday. These rains were mostly of light to moderate intensity. In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Pathankot recorded 5 mm of rain, followed by Bhiwani 1.9 mm, Jalandhar and Gurugram 1 mm.
These rains occurred due to the presence of an active Western Disturbance over the Western Himalayas and its induced cyclonic circulation over the northwestern plains of India.
Now, during the next 24 hours, the wet spell is expected to continue over Northwest India including the states of Punjab and Haryana. Light to moderate rains with few heavy spells accompanied with thunderstorm, lightning strikes and hailstorm activities are expected over most parts of both these states.
In fact, places such as Pathankot, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Chandigarh, Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Karnal may see few heavy showers along with hailstorm.
Punjab and Haryana are two contiguous states, but they both behave differently in terms of weather activities. In fact, as of February 20, with its outstanding performance, Punjab is largely rain surplus with more than 100% rains, whereas Haryana showed satisfactory performance this season and has only managed to record near normal rains with 4% deficiency as of today.
Crop damage again
In the wake of such intense rains and hailstorm, crop damage is expected in both these northwestern states. Crops across the states are mostly ready for harvesting and therefore, strong winds and hailstorm might cause a lot of loss for the farmers.
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana ar already in distress with recent back to back spells of unseasonal rainfall. While Potato in Punjab is been remarkably affected by the recent hailstorm, Mustard in Haryana is also damaged significantly by the untimely rains and hailstorm.
The early varieties of wheat which was in standing got flattened in most of the places in Punjab and Haryana, however late sown wheat has been less affected.
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