Friday, February 17, 2017


A combination of High pressure at mid tropospheric levels and easterly surface winds , causing the dry heat at Mumbai .. Relief from Monday as not only the high pressure will disintegrate but also the surface winds will change from hot easterlies to mild north westerlies.

  • The west coast from Gujarat to Kerala was hot with max temp between 36 to 39 c (above normal by 4 to 7 c ). The daily temp range ( above 18 c at some places) was high at the coastal region.

    • Mumbai Colaba & Santacruz  recorded 37.5 c today . 
    • Colaba came close to it's all time February record of 38.3 c set way back on 28 Feb 1949. Santacruz February record is 39.6 c set way back on 25 Feb 1966.
    • Ratnagiri was the hottest in Asia today at 38.9 c. Almost touched it's all time February record of 39 c .
    • The minimum temps at Gujarat were above normal by 5 to 7 c .. At South Konkan /Goa , minimum temps were below normal by 2 to 3 c .
    • At Gujarat , Vallabh vidyanagar @ 38.8c , Surat @ 38.2 c , Rajkot @38 c , Junagarh AWS @ 37.5 c
    • Meanwhile, East coast was having fine weather .. Gopalpur @ 30/19 , Chennai @ 32/19

    Vagaries meet on 18 Feb 2017 (tomorrow) at Mumbai is all set in the heat ,with temp expected to be 37 c when the meet starts at 12.30 pm .

    (Badlapur private readings by Vagarian Abhijit)


    NilaY Wankawala said...

    Sure this heat will be beaten by a nice cool gathering of vagarians this noon.have a great gathering all of you.

    sset said...

    Bangalore unlivable city with no environment concern...

    Rohit Aroskar said...

    @ Nilay .. It wud hv been gr8 if u cud hv added 2 th coolness quotient

    NilaY Wankawala said...

    @ rohit- thanks a ton - i would have been obliged indeed and delighted to meet u all and see in person the creator and contributors of this blog and all great vagarians but due to some unavoidable circumstances marking my absence which is very unfortunate for myself-

    NilaY Wankawala said...

    Credit : DNA

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017-12:06am , Panaji , PTI

    The volcano has shown intermittent activity since 1991.

    India's only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which had started showing activity in the year 1991 after being dormant for over 150 years has once again started spewing ash, the researchers at Goa based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said today.

    "The only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar islands is erupting once again. The Barren Island volcano, located 140-km north-east of Port Blair, dormant for more than 150 years started erupting in 1991 and has since then shown intermittent activity," CSIR-NIO said in a statement here.

    A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar, from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa reported that the volcano is active and spewing smoke and lava once again.

    "On the afternoon of January 23, 2017, the scientific team on board CSIR-NIO's research ship R V Sindhu Sankalp were busy collecting sea floor samples in the Andaman Basin near the Barren volcano when it suddenly started spewing ash," the NIO has said.

    "The team moved about one mile from the volcano and began closely observing it. It was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to ten minutes," said the release.

    During the daytime only ash clouds were observed.

    However, after sundown, the team observed red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere and hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano, it said.

    NIO has said the volcano was revisited in the early hours of January 26, 2017 again during the second leg of the cruise led by B Nagender Nath, it said, adding the team witnessed the continuation of spurts of blasts and smoke.

    "They have sampled the sediments and water in the vicinity of the volcano and recovered coal-like black pyroclastic material representing proximal volcanic ejecta.

    Clouds were seen at the crater mouth where the smoke was bellowing out in otherwise clear sky," the researchers said.

    These samples will help in deciphering the nature of the present and past volcanic activity in the region.

    Researchers from CSIR-NIO have been studying the past volcanic events in Andaman Basin-based on the ash layers in a sediment column.

    "The team observed the activity for about four hours before continuing with their research cruise. Landing on the volcanic island was not attempted as it was too dangerous," NIO has said.

    The Andaman Basin is an active back-arc spreading basin and is known for its strong seismicity and many submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal activity, the release said.

    Scientists from CSIR-NIO have been surveying the Andaman Basin and they have identified many small submerged volcanoes in a linear chain called a volcanic arc.

    These volcanoes are formed due to the rising magma formed deep in the mantle due to the melting of the subducted Indian Ocean crust, said the release.

    A few of these submarine volcanoes have been dredged for samples and pumice type of light volcanic rock have been recovered, it said.

    The volcanic island is uninhabited and the northern part of the island is, as the name suggests, barren and devoid of vegetation.

    Private citizens of India can visit the volcanic island by chartered boats after obtaining permission of the Forest Department in Port Blair.

    Rawat said...

    Mumbai close to record Feb heat

    Rohit Aroskar said...

    Wonderful meet in the coming up..stay glued

    Anki said...

    As expected soaring temp recorded in many parts of Guj-mah......its feb and Its quite hottt!!!!!

    Look at top 10 hot centers of india....7 out of 10 is from days continued but as i said before temp would decline(3-4 deg) by monday...some respite from heat by 20th feb

    1 .Bhuj-Rudramata (Kutch) 39.0 °C
    ( sets new record for highest ever max temp in feb for bhuj..last record was 38.9 C[28feb,1953])

    2 Rajkot (sau) 39.0 °C
    (hottest fab max tem for more than 10 years)
    3 Amreli (sau) 38.9 °C
    4 Bombay / Santacruz (mah) 38.8 °C
    5 Porbandar (sau) 38.7 °C
    6 Surat (guj) 38.5 °C
    7 Surendranagar (sau) 38.5 °C
    8 Ratnagiri (mah) 38.3 °C
    9 Bombay / Colaba (mah) 38.2 °C
    10 Naliya (kutch) 38.2 °C

    Anki said...

    Max temp sets some new records for highest max temp recorded in are centers from guj,sau-kutch.....

    Bhuj 39.0(kutch) (sets new record for highest max temp in feb, previous record was 38.9 C[28feb,1953])

    Rajkot (sau) 39.0 °C
    (hottest fab max temp more than 15 years...all time high for rajkot in feb is 40 (28feb,1953)

    Porbandar (sau) 38.7 °C(sets new record highest max temp ever recorded in feb previous record was 38.5 (29 feb,2016)

    Naliya (kutch) 38.2 °C
    (sets new record for highest max temp.ever recorded in feb...previous record was 38.0(25feb,1966)]

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