Weather Forecast Summary for the week: Sunday 29th april - 6th May.
Continuing from MW-2:
Refer to this Vagaries' Map and Read the Explanation below:
1. Bay Low: Indicator: +ve
"Bay of Bengal" low pressure parameter is no longer a worrying factor. Normally, the Bay hosts a pre-Monsoon low anytime after 15th. April. Like I mentioned in the previous MW, in 2010 we had a cyclone in the Bay by the third week, and in 2009 a cyclone crossed the Bay on 12th April.
We have had a B-1 now !
As on today, this region still maintains a good prospect to the formation of another quick low. The winds indicate a weak low trying to establish itself.
Also +ve sign of a quick formation is that the SST is conducive. Map shows around 31c near the Andaman Islands. Ideal temperature for quick low formation.
A pulse from the far east is possible in the next 15 days.
A heat spell in the Phillipines could create the necassary conditions for a depression or a TS there. A report from the "Manilla Bulletin", a leading Newspaper,: "This month, PAGASA said the expected ranges of temperature in the country are: 22°C to 36°C in the lowlands of Luzon, 16°C to 26°C in the mountainous areas of Luzon, 23°C to 34°C for Visayas, 22°C to 34°C in the lowlands of Mindanao, and 18°C to 32°C in the mountains of Mindanao.The highest recorded temperature in Metro Manila so far this year is 35.9 degrees Celsius, and the highest in the country is 38.4 degrees Celsius registered at Clark in Subic, Pampanga.
As temperatures continue to soar, the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) advised residents to take precautions against most common dry-season diseases and heat-related illnesses".
The region below the equator in the Bay sector continues to be favourable with SE winds tending to bend SW South of the Bay in the 95E region.
Remember, the normal date for SWM to hit the South Andaman Sea is 15th. May.
2. Sub-Continent Seasonal Low: Indicator: --ve.
The line of wind dis-continuity should shift back to its normal postion, in the centre of the Southern Peninsula region.
More out breaks of pre- monsoon thundershowers are expected normally in the southern states and South Maharashtra. We are having these now in the South thanks to the B-1 effect. Though the showers in the South are heavier than normal, and excessive. But, a break in the pre-monsoon thundershowers is common, and will allow the days to get hotter.
An exception this year is the Vidharbha region. the temperatures are managing around 42/43c. Normally Vidarbha is a hotbed ! 45-47c is a "kid's playground" for the region in May. But, the minimums in the region are still wanting of the 30s.
Nights in 2010 were terrible at this time. See in this link, April 13th and April 20th.2010
And compare and contrast this with the all India lows this year.
The sesonal low in the Thar region is also lagging behind, thanks to the absence of intense heat waves, and pushing WDs in the lower plains of NW sub continent.
The days, have not yet started to rise. Trends of rising temperatures are not yet satisfactory in Gujarat and NW India and adjoining regions of Sindh across the border.
We have yet to see a 45c !
True, the entire sub-continent region has to suffer a heat wave, but the gains are much more.
The pressure around the Thar desert region is now 1002mb (994mb required by June begining). There is no central core formed as yet. And, as per the required scheduled development, a proper gradiant is behind schedule in the making.
3. Cross Equatorial Winds : Indicator: neutral.
The cross equatorial wind flow, has just about picked up in the Southern Hemisphere. Winds, have not yet achieved the required speeds, but just about started hitting the East African coast. Proper re-curving as SW winds, off the Kenyan coast, is yet to occur. However, Cross winds in the Eastern Sector (Bay) are getting strong, and are re-curving.
Mascarene High pressure region, the back-bone of our Summer Monsoon, is also slow to form down in the Southern Hemisphere, off the Madagascar Island, and in the mid South Indian ocean.
Amidst this, no cyclones are likely to form off Australia this season. If no low pressure forms there till end of April, the ITCZ can start moving North. And with low pressure trough riding a weak MJO wave, and ITCZ moving North, the "High" in the Southern Indian Ocean has a fair chance of getting stronger and anchoring well.
As the ITCZ tracks north, associated MJO waves can "ride" alongwith. Meaning, after the shift, more MJO waves in the Northern Hemosphere (read Bay regions).
The positive news from Australian Weather Bureau; "This greatly reduces the chances for northern Australia to experience any more monsoonal activity this season. The next significant burst of monsoon activity is unlikely until the 2012-13 wet season commences."
4. ENSO: Indicator: Same as Last MW.
ENSO is neutral, is almost the same as reprted in MW 2. Slight increased warming is seen in the region.
The 30-day Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) to 14th April was -7.4 (Last year at this time it was +26.5). The monthly SOI for March was +2.9.
If, by any chance, there is a further increase in SST in May/June, it would mean less than normal rains in June/July.
5. 200 hpa Jet Streams: Indicator: -ve.
200 hpa Jet Streams are still dominating the upper half of the sub-continent. Though below the 8N line the jets have shown an Easterly curve, it has to re curve, and form a "low" in Central India by end April, to be on schedule. The prevailing westerly jets in the North are encouraging the W.D.s
Conclusion: As of today, there seems to be a slight delay in the Arabian Sea branch of the Monsoon. And, the Bay branch needs a little trigger to get going. Maybe a little less rain in the first half of June for Kerala, Karnataka (coastal) and S.Konkan?
(If things change either way, we shall follow that on MW), but,
Scenario and developments show SWM Arrival date should be around: 17th May for Southern Andaman Islands, 20th for Port Blair and Andaman Main Islands, 1st June for NE states, 3rd/4th June for Kerala, 6th June for Coastal Karnataka and 11th/12th June for Mumbai.
However, Pre Monsoon showers would start earlier as per regions. Mumbai would get its initial pre monsoon showers around 5/6th June.
Quantum of rains will be discussed from MW-4, which will be up on 2nd May.
(This Monsoon chase is my personal view, and my personal analysis and deciphering is done as per my assumptions. May defer with other forecasts).
Weather for the rest of this week...see Current Weather Page.
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