Thunderstorm with heavy rain in Pune on Monday evening


PUNE After a muggy and hot day on Monday, there were heavy lightning and thunderstorms in many parts of the city of Pune after 6 p.m. Heavy rains caused traffic jams in many parts of the city.

Lohegaon, Viman Nagar, Katraj, Magarpatta, Hadapsar, Swargate, Shivajinagar, Pune Station, Pimple Saudagar, Fergusson College Road, Erandwane and adjacent areas all saw heavy rainfall.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Shivajinagar reported 26.3 millimeters (mm) of rain, Chinchwad reported 2.5 mm, while Lohegaon reported 23.4 mm of rainfall. Precipitation data in Pashan was not available on Monday evening, officials said.

Lavale and Magarpatta had seen rain since morning. Lavale reported 29mm of rainfall and Magarpatta reported 68mm of rainfall on Monday.

The fire department noted four falls of trees falling in Tingre Nagar, Gultekdi, Maharshi Nagar and Navi Peth.

Waterlogging was also reported in Ganesh Peth, Koregaon Park, Hadapsar and Pulgate on Monday.

KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of IMD Mumbai, said Pune City experienced severe lightning strikes along with thunderstorms on Monday night.

“On Monday evening at 7 p.m., very strong convection was observed over Pune. The radar showed a reflectivity of over 50 dBZ. In a few places in Pune, severe lightning and thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall have been reported, â€said Hosalikar.

The canton of Pune was flooded with knee-deep rainwater on all of the area’s main roads. Local residents claimed traffic jams and water seeping into business facilities. Vinod Mathurawala, former PCB member, said: “The area is in total darkness due to a power outage. There are reports of waterlogging and traffic jams in the canton, â€he said

3 new new IMD stations in town

Since October 1st, three new stations of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) have been in operation in Pune in addition to the existing ones. In addition to Shivajinagar, Lohegaon and Pashan, the IMD will now also monitor Chinchwad, Lavale and Magarpatta. The three new stations will help with localized forecasts from different parts of the city.

Regarding the additional stations, Anupam Kashyapi, head of IMD Pune’s weather forecasting department, said they are in different directions of the city. “We selected these stations so that we can monitor every direction in the city of Pune. With the three new stations, we will be issuing day and night temperature forecasts and precipitation forecasts, â€said Kashyapi. A month-long pilot was conducted in September to monitor these new stations, he said.

“Between Shivajinagar, Pashan and Lohegaon, we saw that the daytime temperatures were higher in Lohegaon. With the additional stops over the past month, we’ve found that Chinchwad and Magarpatta are hotter than Lohegaon. Therefore, monitoring these stations will help us make detailed predictions about day and night temperatures in different parts of the city, â€said Kashyapi.

“According to our observations so far, the precipitation forecasts for these new stations cannot vary that much. We will soon publish three-hour forecasts for these regions as well, â€he said.

Citizens can access the IMD Pune website for localized forecasts and details of the day and night temperatures of these stations.

According to Kashyapi, “citizens can go to the Pune city weather section on the IMD Pune website and see the data for all six stations under the ARG Stations tab.†IMD Pune plans to increase the number of stations further. “Local forecasts for Junnar, Purandhar, the National Defense Academy (NDA), Wadgaon Sheri and Talegaon are in preparation. As soon as the three new stations start monitoring and reporting data, other stations will also start, â€said Kashyapi.


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