As climate change has started to show its effect with the increase in global warming worldwide, the Nagaur district in Rajasthan received heavy hailstorm a few days ago. The torrid district in Rajasthan woke up to the snow and hail covered streets on Thursday morning last week. As per media reports, the villages of Chhapri, Maulasar, Keechak in Nagaur saw the heaviest hailstorm, resulting in heavy crop losses.
Severe hailstorm hit Nagaur in Rajasthan yesterday. pic.twitter.com/hdKUsWf0Sr— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2019
Apart from this, places like Jalaun in Uttar Pradesh and Dewas in Madhya Pradesh also received heavy hailstorms on Thursday and Friday last week.
Madhya Pradesh: Severe hailstorm hit Dewas district yesterday. pic.twitter.com/lseVMC3eGu— ANI (@ANI) December 13, 2019
Parts of Jalaun received heavy rainfall and hailstorm, today. pic.twitter.com/QVvbv9BIhj— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 13, 2019
Apart from the damage to the crops in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan, significant damage was caused to the public and private property. The animals and birds also sustained injuries in the parts that witnessed the hailstorm. Reportedly, this was the first time that a hailstorm of this magnitude was observed in the region.
Following the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) prediction, winters have finally swung into action in the northernmost parts of the country this year. As per the forecast issued by the IMD, winters in the country are likely to be more dominant in the northern regions barring the southern states. This comes as the IMD has released the ‘Seasonal Temperature Outlook’ data for the month of December to February.
IMD in a press release highlighted that “the upcoming winter season (December to February) is likely to experience warmer than average minimum temperatures over most parts of the country except over northernmost parts of India, thus indicating a warmer winter season over the country.”