Portal Interactive: Meteorologically Melodramatic? The Year 2007!

  • This article has been shared by Zaeem Khalid from Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Rawalpindi-dust-storm-2007

Everyone remembers the oppressive heat of the year 2005 and the near drought conditions experienced in 2006 in most parts of the country. Remarkably below normal rainfall in 2006 and less than 28 noticeable storms in the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad left things quite uneventful. But then came the year 2007; initially, the year brought some good rains in the winter and spring had a few impressive dust/thunderstorms. And then the monsoons started to penetrate the country that spiced up the year way more than anyone ever expected especially up in Northern Punjab and Northern parts of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. (Picture shot at Bahria Town, Rawalpindi, a massive dust/thunderstorm engulfing the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Travelling at 157 km/h (wind speed 85 knots at Chaklala, Rawalpindi (Islamabad Airport)

With an average June came July of 2007, the best year by far, I have seen for thunderstorms that rumble with all their majesty. On 6 July 2007, at 1:35 AM, anyone in Rawalpindi outside can notice a sound that seemed like several loud freight trucks were coming towards you and then the wind storm struck with gusts of 150 km/h (I decided it wasn’t a good idea to be out in the open!).  Things falling and breaking all over! However, as more monsoon winds moved into the country, it alarmed meteorologists that this isn’t the end; the second week of July had 3 more severe thunderstorms accompanied by straight-line wind that could blow you away LITERALLY! Following a very similar pattern of night time thunderstorms on the 8th, 12th and 14th of July, 3 wind storms from westerly direction, each storm capable of dumping 30-75 mm of rain came along with 95, 148, and 139 km/h wind gusts! WOW, was that amazing!!!

Wunderground.com link can show you the conditions here on this link http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/OPRN/2007/7/6/DailyHistory.html

August also had three storms with wind speeds in the hurricane force range, but the cherry on the top was that Rawalpindi/Islamabad received more rain than Murree! Chaklala, Rawalpindi had an accumulation of whooping 1828 mm for the year while Islamabad Zero point weather station recorded 1850mm, I lived in the southern part of town which is relatively drier and calculated a total of 1524 mm rainfall for the year. To this date, the best year for rains, storms and the drama it drags along. Not only did these storms lash out with furry only known to God, but these storms were quite stealthy on timing, as it was hard to predict when a thunderstorm like this would actually strike!

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42 thoughts on “Portal Interactive: Meteorologically Melodramatic? The Year 2007!

  1. Dear babar bhai you are missing an 8 mm amount in Lahore. It comes out to be 353+8 i.e 361 uptil july 14 I reminded u and u said that u will review. In june 177 and uptil july 14 184 kindly check.

      • Hey, do you have a full weather station on your house? If not, what weather elements do you record? 🙂

      • Well I obviously have to take the rain stats of different cities from PMD.
        For Karachi, I used to have a digital Anemometer from Amazon, lost it years ago 😛
        Left with rain gauge now.

    • The sea surface temperature of Pacific ocean shows a slight cooling near the coast of South America, right now no Official word from U.S weather Agency yet though they did say in June that weak La-Nina can form later in the season along with some other international Agencies.

  2. WOW ! These SW clouds caused good rain in Karachi (atleast in my area). My area is all wet and slight puddles of water have formed on the streets 🙂

  3. @KM :

    GFS shows the current low dissipating over Rajasthan while it shows another low pressure moving inland tracking WNW :

  4. @KM :

    By looking at the current GFS model, it seems that the future low would be powerful.

    A well-marked low or even a depression 😀

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