When and where does Kal Baisakhi occur?
Violent thunderstorms in the Gangetic plains of India are regionally known as Kal Baisakhi or Nor’westers. These localised events are usually correlated with thunderstorms accompanied by strong squally winds and torrential rainfall.
Kal Baisakhi originates over Bihar and Jharkhand area, moves eastwards and strikes West Bengal and Odisha. These are extremely severe in nature and takes Chhattisgarh under its purview as well. Kal Baisakhi mainly originates in the Chhotanagpur Plateau, in and around the cities of Ranchi and Jamshedpur. In times of incursion of moist air in these elevated regions, amidst high temperatures, these extremely destructive thunderstorms occur.