133 thoughts on “Another dry week ahead

  1. KEA.

    GMT never changes similar to IST. As you said the winter timings were set about 2 months back, and if so the difference could have been reflected in october itself. The timings shown by radar not all that in order. Normally it has to flash the picture just 20 minutes back, as it was doing till last friday. Any way some one has to addrss this problem to IMD. Let us wait and see.

    Today dry northerly winds started invading chennai and unless easteriles pick up in another 2 days, these winds can gain strength and anticyclone might spread to nearby bay of bengal. This week is very crucial for the easterly winds to gain momentum.


  2. @ BHASKARAN : Yes, 13th and 14th (today and tomorrow) around local midnight or just after midnight local time, we can see Geminids peaking in their intensity as Earth is currently over the constellation of Gemini. These were remains of 3200 Phaethon which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid. This would make the Geminids the only meteor shower not originating from a passing comet. The meteors from this shower are slow moving, can be seen in December and usually peak around the 13th – 14th of the month, with the date of highest intensity being the morning of the 14th. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions, generally around 2am to 3am GMT. Geminids were first observed only 150 years ago, much more recently than other showers such as the Perseids and Leonids.

    The meteors in this shower appear to come from a radiant in the constellation Gemini (hence the shower’s name). However, they can appear almost anywhere in the night sky, and often appear yellowish in hue. The meteors travel at medium speed in relation to other showers, at about 22 miles per second, making them fairly easy to spot. The Geminids are now considered by many to be the most consistent and active annual shower. These can be captured on camera, if they are set at a exposure of 1+ hrs!

  3. KEA.

    Your wind gauge contineously showing change of wind pattern from east. actually we need some more rains in the last week of december so that the lakes would have some more days to keep better reserve for the next summer.

    the radar timings also now updated properly.


  4. s..wind is 4m east n N.east…..as i tld ,ystrday midnight was the crucial time 4 the reversal…it has happnd..lets hope 4 the cyclone ,.

  5. Hi all,

    None of the models are predicting more than light rains in next few weeks. It looks we are staring at the end of NEM.

  6. KEA.

    What is this weather ?? can any one tell me. this type of weather normally prevails in central india and delhi during the month of late december,, but with biting cold.

    here chillness is absent and barring that typical north indian weather which is uncommon to chennai for the past 3 days.


  7. Other than isolated thunderstorms nothing big for chennai for next few days but the isolated thunderstorms probability will increase as winds started to blow from northeast.

  8. lots of thunderstorms just 40 km east of us over the sea. The NEM is not yet over for us officially and we can manage some more rains before the month ends

  9. @ M and for all: Geminid Meteor Shower 2010

    Away from city lights from 7th December, 2010 to 17th December, 2010 people can witness annual celestial spectacle of Geminid Meteor Showers (ulka patham in Telugu/उल्का स्नान) from pollution free dark clear skies.

    As per the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) based on two decades of observation data peak is expected from 12:10 a.m. IST on Dec 14 (i.e.18.40 hrs UTC on 13 Dec) to 9:30 p.m IST on Dec 14 (i.e. 16.00 hrs UTC).

    Where to Look/What to expect– No Telescopes Required – Twin Stars of Gemini Const: Though meteor shower is at peak up to 14th Dec at 9.30 pm. Depending on observers location and skies above, many tens of meteors per hour will be visible with highest rates reaching up to a max of 120 ZHR (Meteors Per Hour) as per IMO.

    Where to Look: After midnight observers have to look above their head to observe bright streaks of light zipping across the skies. The best time to look above head will be around 1 a.m. when crescent moon sets and the radiant reaches its highest altitude in the sky.

    Telescopes/binoculars are not required. One can see bright streaks of light zipping across the sky with naked eye and would seem as if they are emanating from star called castor from Gemini constellation where the radiant of this meteor shower lies.

    Observation from 14 to 17 Dec During Midnight, Evening/Morning – Follow Twin Stars of Gemini: Though peak is on 14th Dec. People can witness this celestial spectacle until 17th of Dec. All one has to do is to spot Twin Stars of Gemini constellation. Evening: People can observe the meteors by looking towards sky above between North East and East Direction from 10.00 p.m onwards, while they are visible near to mid of sky by the time it is midnight whereas Morning walkers can see meteors in the western sky in the morning.
    Here is the Animation of Geminid as it would appear in the sky :

    However Moon light being a hindrance to observe the streaks of light produced during the shower, people should wait till the moon sets for splendid view from clear dark skies. Also, to add light clouds and haze. These will surely create a obstruction.


  11. HI FRNDS………

    Just now i came to chennai from bangalore…..stayed 3 days over there…..it was very cool in night …..

    But i feel now Chennai is very cool than bangalore…….nice to see that rain started again after a week gap…….

    Very very pleasant climate…….

  12. MOderate to heavy rain in perungalathur..its 1.8cm ere..poured heavily around 3….heard of very heavy rains in guduvanchery …and also heard of only li8 showers in tambaram-chrompet areas

  13. OMG…jus ckhd mysore average ..it has may as its second rainiest month with 15cm, second only to october with 17cm ..most of this october rains are from SWM(Purattasai part)

  14. rajkumar, only light rains are predicted for chennai according to COLA site which you have attached. Next week even that will tapper away nothing to be excited.

  15. Karthik, even bangalore has rainest month as september and may 2nd half there would be daily heat of the day showers sometimes quite heavy.

  16. @Sreeram i have heard directly from friends.. hail storms in NW TN (hosur,krishnagiri etc) and Foot hills of W ghats (Coimbatore,theni etc)…. In Bangalore its more common

  17. Hi friends, i have been traveling from trichy to chennai this morning. ARIYALUR got good rains in the morning. I expect them to be in the IMD topper list today.

  18. how well the tamilnadu be affected by the rising sea level?. sciencist say that one island near bengal is under water now?

  19. Some showers for Nungambakkam within next 1 hour as per radar.

    The topic ‘another dry week ahead’ has brought at least some wetness.
    Nature works opposite to our predictions most of the times. But as long as it gives us rains no problems.

    Selaiyur near Tambaram got very good battering today.

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