Weather Update, May 15: West Bengal is expected to experience enhanced thunderstorm activity from 15th to 20th May 2023, according to meteorological officials. This weather phenomenon is attributed to the presence of an upper air trough extending from Bihar to Odisha, coupled with a strong influx of moisture from the Bay of Bengal.
The districts of West Bengal are likely to witness thunderstorms accompanied by lightning activity and gusty winds during this period, with the peak intensity predicted between the 18th and 20th of May, particularly in South Bengal.
The forecasted weather conditions have prompted authorities to issue warnings for different time periods and regions within West Bengal. In South Bengal, from 15th to 17th May, thunderstorms with lightning and gusty wind speeds of 30-40 km/h are expected to occur at isolated locations.
From 17th to 20th May, the intensity is predicted to increase, with thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty wind speeds of 40-50 km/h anticipated at one or two places in South Bengal. Similarly, in North Bengal, thunderstorms with lightning and gusty wind speeds of 30-40 km/h are expected to occur at isolated locations throughout the entire period, from 15th to 20th May.
These weather conditions may have certain impacts on the region. Firstly, there is a possibility of damage to standing crops and horticulture as a result of the severe weather. Additionally, visibility may be reduced, posing potential hazards for transportation and outdoor activities. Loose or unsecured structures are also at risk of damage from the gusty winds accompanying the thunderstorms.
To mitigate the potential risks and minimize the impact on the affected areas, it is important for residents, farmers, and authorities to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions.
Farmers should take steps to protect their crops and secure their agricultural infrastructure. Residents should stay updated on weather advisories and follow safety guidelines issued by local authorities. It is recommended to avoid venturing outdoors during the peak thunderstorm activity and to take shelter in sturdy structures if necessary.
The meteorological department (IMD) will continue to monitor the weather conditions closely and provide timely updates and alerts to ensure the safety of the residents of West Bengal. It is crucial for everyone to stay informed and prepared during this period of enhanced thunderstorm activity.