Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More sunshine today, and no significant changes to our forecast for the coming 10 days.High pressure moves east of us today, and we should see a little more south wind flow, taking temps up a few degrees over yesterday. Clouds will start to build in by late afternoon. Scattered showers arrive early tomorrow, and we see moisture potential or the next three days – tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. For tomorrow, scattered showers stay relatively light, bringing a few hundredths to a tenth or two over about 60% of the state. The best chances for the upper end of the range will be in the northern half to third of the state. Overnight tomorrow night through Friday, our second wave works through, bringing few hundredths to .4” with 70% coverage. The best action there will be from US 30 north. Then we see our strongest, best organized wave of moisture coming for overnight Friday night through Saturday. This will bring an additional .25”-1” to 90% of the state. All action will be done by Sunday morning. Combined, that means we see three day rain potential at half to 1.5” over nearly all of the state. All action should be done by Sunday midday. However, cold air is rushing in behind the event…and it still is not out of the realm of possibility that we see some wet snow flakes overnight and Sunday morning, mostly in the northern half to third of the state. Stay tuned. The map at right shows cumulative rains for the 3 day period.A dry and sunny pattern returns for the start of next week and runs from Monday the 1st through Wednesday the 3rd. We can’t rule out some light rain on Thursday the 4th, bringing .1”-.6” and 80% coverage, and then we are seeing a second wave of moisture to lift up through on Friday the 5th with another .25”-.5” of precipitation potential.After a dry start to next weekend on the 6th, we have rain back form Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th. Combined totals can be from .35”-1” over 100% of the state, although rains for Monday the 8th will be mostly from I-70 north. Drier weather completes the extended period for the 9th and 10th.
Two days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sacked him from the Ministry, Om Prakash Rajbhar on Wednesday put up a brave face, saying his party’s legislators stood united with him.Rubbishing reports that three Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) MLAs were planning to shift to the BJP, Mr. Rajbhar dismissed them as “rumours”. He said Triveni Ram, Ramanand Baudh and Kailash Nath Sonkar were standing “like a rock” with the party. “We are comrades of a common struggle. The BJP can try all it wants but its schemes won’t succeed,” Mr. Rajbhar tweeted.Mr. Baudh came out in the support of his leader. Mr. Rajbhar is a “great man” who fights for the rights of Dalits, backwards and the poor, he said. “We reject slavery. BJP wanted us to be slaves. We are standing with the SBSP with full force. I will never leave the party,” he said.Mr. Adityanath sacked Mr. Rajbhar for his open rebellion against the BJP during the Lok Sabha election, with the SBSP not only fielding more than 40 candidates to hurt the BJP but also openly campaigning for candidates of the Opposition Congress and SP-BSP alliance. Mr. Rajbhar has regularly targeted the BJP for not implementing the recommendations of a social justice committee calling for sub-categorisation of the OBC quota that would benefit the most-backward castes including his own, Rajbhars.Mr. Rajbhar had been on the warpath against the BJP after it denied him ticket on his own symbol. The BJP wanted him to contest from the Ghosi seat in Purvanchal on its symbol.
Plastic pipes and vehicles outside a State infrastructure agency godown here were set ablaze on Sunday, a day after farmers clashed with police demanding adequate compensation for their land that was acquired for an upcoming township by the agency. The incident took place around 11 a.m. outside the godown of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA) which acquired the land for the Trans-Ganga City project near Kanpur, officials said. “Some anti-social elements had set fire to plastic pipes kept outside the godown. Apart from this, two vehicles were also set afire,” Additional District Magistrate Rakesh Singh said. “No farmer has so far claimed responsibility for Sunday’s act, which means that the work has been done by anti-social elements,” District Magistrate Devendra Kumar Pandey said. On Saturday, farmers demanding better compensation for their land clashed with the police when government officials visited the project site to clear the encroachment. Several farmers were injured as the police baton-charged them, used tear gas and water cannons. Many police personnel were also injured as the protesters targeted them with stones. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Kisan Manch, a forum working for welfare of farmers, claimed that the growers were not indulging in violent protests and were only demanding adequate compensation for their land. “Nearly 30% of the farmers of the clash-hit area are yet to get compensation from the government,” RKM president Shekhar Dixit said on Sunday. The district magistrate, however, had said on Saturday that the farmers were adequately compensated.Priyanka tweetCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a 22-second-long video of the clash on Twitter. “UP Chief Minister is making big speeches in Gorakhpur, but see the condition of his police. A farmer in Unnao is lying semi-conscious after being beaten by laathi (stick). He is still being beaten up. There should be some shame. A person who grows grains for you is subjected to such cruelty,” she tweeted.