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All schools closed as severe cold grips state – Temperatures 9-14°C below normal.

At least 26 persons have died in the state over the last two days due to the bone-chilling cold conditions with statewide maximum temperatures dipping about 9-14 degrees Celsius below normal. In Patna, the maximum temperature slipped to 9.7degrees Celsius – the steepest fall this winter. (Patna is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar.)

The administration ordered closure of all schools in the district till January 9.

According to reports, seven persons died in Nalanda, six each in Darbhanga and Kaimur districts, four in Saran, two in Sheikhpura and one in Vaishali district.

The cold caused railway tracks to crack at one place each in Munger and Bhojpur districts and briefly disrupted movement of trains, sources said.

Gaya was the coldest place in Bihar with the minimum temperature of 2.7°C on Monday. Jehanabad recorded a minimum temperature of 2.8°C, while the minimum in Patna was 6.1°C.

The maximum temperature in Patna was 9.7°C, 13 degrees Celsius below normal. In Bhagalpur, it was 13.2°C (11 degrees below normal), in Gaya 15.4°C (eight degrees below normal) while in Purnia 15.9°C (seven degrees below normal).

“Cold day conditions are prevailing over most parts of the state. The maximum temperatures are below normal by 9-14°C,” said Ashish Kumar Sen, director of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Patna/All-schools-closed-as-severe-cold-wave-grip s-state/Article1-986609.aspx

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3 Responses to Bihar, India – Cold causes railway tracks to crack

  1. Andy Cassidy says:

    Tracks cracking and it wasn’t even sub-zero? Reeeeealy cheap steel used!

  2. Neil Love says:

    All metals, no matter high quality or low quality, will expand in heat and contract in cold. Thus the expansion and contraction is about relativity. Relatively hotter and relatively colder. The metal of the railway lines contracted and thus broke at the weakest point. This is a common problem with railway systems all across the universe. Thus building railway systems is simply not possible in places where there are extreme temperature fluctuations. Using shorter lengths of rail might resolve the problem. But that introduces greater inspection requirements which gets to be expensive as well as uncomfortable for passengers. Using shorter sections of rail makes the lines very noisy to use. Interestingly the electrical power lines suffer similar metal fatigue due to extreme temperature fluctuations. Even the pylons can come crashing down. Metal pipes in the ground also fracture for the same reasons. Thus in the event of permafrost all our gas supply will have to be switched off nationwide for safty reasons. So that come the Ice Age glaciation we will not have electricity or gas or water or sewage. Remember also that all roads and rail will be shut down. Air ports will close. Shipping might be affected by freezing of coastal waters blocking harbours. The thing about return of Ice Age conditions is that it will not stop. Winters usually have their duration and then the Spring comes in to save us. Ice Age is different in that the winter conditions will not stop and will continue dumping snow and freezing all year around for thousands of years non stop. Eventually as sea levels globally drop, because of snow and ice accumulating on the land, thus everywhere will become above the snow line, thus it will snow all year around and such snow will not melt.

    • Kyle says:

      How about in the summer here at Oregon when the Four Corners High takes over pumping up the heat or in the East Coast the Atlantic High that swings up the humid heat from the south/southwest?

      Would that actually create EPIC flooding in the summer during an ice age when the snow melts?

      Especially if it happens all at once within a few days?


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