Weather Update, March 14: If one had to explain how seasons work in India, 2023 would be a terrible example of a year. From a surprising summer-like February to uncharacteristic pre-monsoon-like conditions in mid-March, it feels like we’ve opened some mysterious Pandora’s weather box. Let’s look at what rainy shenanigans are afoot among the northeastern sister states this week.
According to source at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a cyclonic circulation has set shop over South Assam.
Subsequently, the interaction between a westerly trough — an extended low-pressure area — and easterly winds near Central and Northeast India will induce intense showers over the northeastern Indian states until Saturday (March 18).
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To be more specific, IMD forecasts isolated to scattered light rains over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, and Tripura on Tuesday (March 14).
After that, even more, intensification is in order, with lightning-laden thunderstorms and windy days (speed 30-40 kmph) to accompany light to moderate showers and persist from Wednesday to Saturday (March 15-18).
While most parts will only see light rainfall, Arunachal Pradesh has decided to add some drama to the rainy script. On Wednesday, the state will see heavy rain (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) in localized areas. Some parts of northeast India may also witness hailstorms on this day.
Due to this peculiar weather, more than half of India has been placed under a warning for rainfall activity, and it is not for the heatwave alert we usually see around this time. On Tuesday, the IMD even put all of the northeastern states on a rare orange alert (meaning take precautions against the hazardous weather). After that, only Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, and Tripura will share the downgraded yellow watch on Wednesday.