New Delhi, May 19 (G’nY News Service): Severe dust storms whipped across Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan shortly after noon. The storm, termed as moderate by the India Meteorology Department (IMD), Government of India, measured an estimated speed of 29 to 74 kmph (in gusts) and hit parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and western UP. The maximum temperature in Jaipur has been 46 degrees centigrade today, 5 degrees above normal as per the IMD.
The extreme has broken a 12 year record. The storm also caused poor visibility and thereby disrupted normal life and traffic. The storm’s strong winds were caused by the upper air cyclonic circulation over north Rajasthan and adjoining Haryana. This is a persisting feature and is now extending upto 2.1 km above mean sea level.
Noon at Jaipur, dust in the horizon may be seen; Photo – Dr Kiran Singh