‘Tornado at Jejuri normal natural phenomenon’

Manasi Saraf Joshi
Monday, 11 June 2018

The event, which is seen happening frequently in countries such as America, Brazil, Philippines, etc, took place right in the district, which generated curiosity besides fear.

PUNE: The Tornado event, which took place on Friday at Jejuri, Purandare taluka, has raised many questions regarding this phenomenon.

The event, which is seen happening frequently in countries such as America, Brazil, Philippines, etc, took place right in the district, which generated curiosity besides fear. 

However, nature study expert Abijit Ghorpade said, “The event holds no major significance, as this is a very normal natural phenomenon”, said.

He said, “Although such phenomenon is frequently seen in the western countries owing to their natural conditions, such events are not new. It is just that it was recorded here for the first time. We have severe intensity storms, but a Tornado is a narrow violently rotating column of air that extends from base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel.”

“When the event is taking place, there is huge temperature difference inside and outside a Tornado. The event, which took place here for few minutes, can last for hours in western countries. When the temperature gaps narrow down, the Tornado subsides,” he added. 

It has greater nuisance value, as it whirlwinds everything, which comes in its path. It occurs when thick clouds are formed and are far away, say about 15 kilometres high from the ground. When these clouds start descending, the wind on the ground starts twisting and a funnel is produced, he said. 

“The phenomenon has no negative or positive impact, as such events have been witnessed in Ganga basin or in Bangladesh,” he said. 

“There is no trendsetting with this event happening here in Pune district,” he said, adding, “It was a very localised event and has no connection with global warming or climate change.”

The event was observed at Ranmala village at Najre dam in Purandar taluka on Friday, which was followed by heavy rainfall. The event, which lasted for 90 to 120 seconds, sent chilling waves among the villagers. No doubt the first ever recorded event of Tornado in Maharashtra certainly sent ripples forcing experts to study the phenomenon more closely.

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