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Fog on R-Day most intense, to break 50-yr record
NEW DELHI, JAN 26 (IANS/PTI):
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Published on 27 Jan. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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The dense white fog which blinded the Republic Day parade from many peoples’ view Tuesday and crippled flight and rail schedules all through the month of January, will break a 50-year record, officials said. The thick fog Tuesday was recorded to be the most intense this season. Mercury on Tuesday dipped at many places in the northern region as fog descended on the national capital, playing spoilsport with the Republic Day function in the city and at other places. In the metropolis, fog suddenly descended at around 8 am on the Rajpath, reducing visibility of the Republic Day parade to near zero level. The weather conditions also led to the cancellation of a flypast by four Mi-17 helicopters which were to shower flowers on spectators. Strong winds also added to the chill and the minimum temperature was recorded at 9.4 degree celsius as against yesterday’s 10.3 degrees. “The fog this month is going to break a record actually! So far this month, we have seen 147 hours of CAT III dense fog (parameter based on the low-visibility landing equipment). There are still a few days in January remaining and the trend shows we will not have much change in fog conditions. “So we feel that this year, the 2003 record of 147 hours which had then broken a 50-year record will easily be broken,” Rajendra Jenamani, director of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport met office, told IANS. Thanks to the fog, visibility Tuesday was consistently below 75 metres. “From 5.30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the IGI airport recorded the runway visibility below 75 metres. In common parlance that is zero visibility. There were hardly any flight operations... we never see dense fog like this consistently even though duration was less,” he explained.

 
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