Radar Echoes from a winter thunderstorm at Bombay
Thunderstorms at Bombay during winter months are rather an unusual phenomenon. The city and its suburbs experienced two spells of thunderstorms on 5 February 1961. The first spell lasted from 2120 GMT (0250 1ST) to 0119 GMT while the second spell lasted from 0500 to 0600 GMT. During the past 15 years, Bombay had thunderstorms only on one more occasion in this month, viz., February 1954. The weather on 5 February 1961 occurred in association with a western disturbance which was located over southwest Rajasthan, Kutch and Saurashtra on the morning of 4th. The disturbance moved away eastwards, causing fairly widespread thunderstorms in the northern and central parts of the country. Arrangements were made to take radar photographs of the thunderstorm cells over Bombay at short intervals and these photographs are discussed in this note.
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