Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 14 March: Parts of Bangladesh saw their first rain in nearly three months and a half as the season’s first nor’wester passed through the northern and central Bangladesh also causing hailstorms.
Farmers were largely happy except for places where hailstorms damaged standing crops, with meteorologists saying that the nor’wester was rather late this year.
At least seven flights were disrupted as heavy winds hampered their landing and take-off for about an hour at around 5:00pm at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The ferry services across the River Padma between the Shimulia and Banglabazar ghats were also halted for about an hour at around 5:00pm.
‘Nor’westers start appearing in late February and become frequent in March but this year most of Bangladesh did not experience any until Saturday,’ said meteorologist Bazlur Rashid.
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There were short spells of nor’wester in Sylhet and Mymensingh in the first two weeks of March, he said.
The Saturday nor’wester was experienced in the districts of Dhaka, Tangail, Jamalpur, Faridpur, Madaripur, Chandpur, Cumilla, Brahmanbaria, Munshiganj and Lalmonirhat, said the Met Office.
Netizens greeted the first nor’wester or Kalboishakhi by posting on the social media photographs and videos of rains or darkened skies with heavy clouds or dusts rising in swirling winds.
The pictures were often captioned: ‘Welcome, the first rain of the season.’
A nor’wester is isolated rain fall or thunderstorm accompanying powerful storms which occur when dry westerlies meet southerlies carrying moisture from the Bay of Bengal.
Nor’westers continue to occur through March, April and May and disappear with the onset of the monsoon in June.