Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drier weather moves in behind the front for today, tomorrow and Friday. We expect a mix of clouds and sun and colder temps, but generally, we still stay near normal on temperatures. That just will feel significantly colder than what we just got done with to start this week Models still are all over the place for Saturday, but we are going to keep snow in our thoughts over most of the state. Right now, we see snow moving into far western Indiana and NW Indiana overnight Friday night, and that should put our starting point here in Ohio around sunrise or even mid morning on Saturday. From there, snow lingers through Sunday. Combined, we could be looking at 1-3 inches in many areas, and some 4 inch totals cant be ruled out. The map at right shows some guidance, but we will not be putting out our official snow totals until Friday morning, as track is just too much of a variable at this time. We will be keeping an eye on south central Ohio, near the River, where we do have some minor concern about a mix of rain and wet snow , or even some freezing rain. However, freezing temps make it almost to the Ohio river, so snow is the most likely precipitation type at this time for 90% of the state. Usually, it is a very fine line from these kinds of events going rain/freezing rain or moderate to heavy snow…so stay tuned for updates on southern Ohio. Dry weather returns for the first half of next week. High pressure dominates on Monday. As it moves off to the east, south winds should redevelop and moderate temperatures by midweek. This south flow will also come ahead of our next system, which arrives on Thursday. Temps moderate just enough to allow for a mixed bag of precipitation through the day. We look for a rain-sleet-snow mix across the state. The good news is, that liquid equivalent precipitation will be limited to a few hundredths to .3” over 80% of the state. The bad news is, we have no clue as to what type will fall where, except the southern third of the state should lean mostly toward rain. This event will come down to track, and where the cold air stays stubborn. Friday goes dry again to finish next week. There is still some rain to start the extended 11-16 day forecast period, but right now it looks like it may be trending a bit farther south. We will dial coverage back to about 60% of the state right now, because there likely will be some areas that get missed, but we are not waving the all clear flag yet. The best moisture is in for Saturday the 19th. There still is the potential for that event to end as snow, as cold air blasts in behind. From there we remain cold with snow and flurries possible for the 22nd – 23rd – 24th. We become very cold through that period and should see our first foray in a while to well below normal temperature levels.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat is expected to reach its full storage capacity soon, a milestone that will be witnessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, which also happens to be his birthday. The water in the dam, considered as ‘Gujarat’s lifeline’, is likely to touch the full reservoir level of 138.68 m soon, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said. On Saturday, it reached the height of 138 m, just 68 cm short of the overflow mark.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present at the dam site to celebrate the feat on September 17, which is also his 69th birthday,” Mr. Rupani said on Saturday.“After years of struggle, the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (country’s first home minister) of the dam on the Narmada river has come true now,” he said. The dam’s foundation stone was laid by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961. But, its construction was completed in September 2017, after 56 years. Due to low rainfall in 2018, the dam remained half empty last year.“But due to good rains this year, the dam water level is likely to reach its maximum height in the coming days, and the state’s people are delighted as their wish of seeing this day is soon going to come true,” Mr. Rupani said.“It will be a day of pride for people of Gujarat when the dam will be filled to the brim,” Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited’s Managing Director Rajiv Gupta said.“We have filled 400 lakes, numerous rivers and even dams in Kutch with the Narmada water through our canal network. This is a water lifeline of Gujarat,” he said.Mr. Rupani also earlier dubbed the Sardar Sarovar Dam project as “Gujarat’s lifeline”, noting that the agricultural income and production by farmers more than doubled due to it. The dam aims to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages (53% of total 18,144 villages in Gujarat) and irrigation facilities for 18.54 hectares of land, covering 3,112 villages in 15 districts. After its foundation stone was laid in 1961, there was a dispute between Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh on sharing of the Narmada river water and electricity. To resolve the dispute, the Centre appointed an expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr A.N. Khosla in 1964.However, the then-Madhya Pradesh government did not agree to share the Narmada water as per the Khosla panel report. Later, the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal was constituted in 1969 and it gave its final award in December 1979, after which the construction was started in 1980. But the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), led by activist Medha Patkar, soon launched an agitation against the dam and took the matter to the Supreme Court over environmental concerns and rehabilitation of tribals whose lands were likely to be submerged under it. The Gujarat government promised a robust rehabilitation package to the project-affected people, but the NBA did not accept that. In 1996, the Supreme Court stayed the project, which further delayed the dam work. On October 18, 2000, the apex court, in a 2-1 majority judgment, allowed construction of the dam up to a height of 138 m, subject to completion of the rehabilitation process. But even after the court verdict, the construction of the dam faced hurdles over rehabilitation issues. In response to the NBA, the pro-dam people of Gujarat launched many agitations, citing its benefits. In 2017, the work for raising the dam’s height to 138.68 m was completed, which allows maximum ‘usable storage’ of 4.73 million acre feet of water.