Is the weather pattern changing? Monsoons last year saw deficient rains. Winters were fogless. Now summers are witnessing more rains than usually witnessed during this time of the year. Average rainfall from March 1, 2007 to May 16, 2007 was 121% more than the normal standard set for the period. In fact, every district on an average received 48.5 mm rains in said period in comparison to 22.0 mm normally. The phenomenon was widespread. Out of 57-met-districts in the state, 37 witnessed rains more than normal standard. Rainfall exceeded normals by more than 100% at 26 districts. At five places it was more than 300%. In 26-met-districts rainfall was normal or below normal. Ghazipur topped the list by receiving 104.1 mm rains which was 428% above normal. In Bahraich, Azamgarh and Lucknow, the rainfall was 396%, 360% and 330% above normals, respectively. Auraiya, Badaun, Ferozabad and Jyotiba Phule Nagar witnessed rains 229%-297% above normal standards. Significantly, the weather trend has been irregular since the start of 2006. The usual chill was missing from the winters followed by ‘humid’ summers, while the entire month of May was lashed by rains and thunderstorms. Total rainfall in monsoon was 30% less than normal, followed by winters sans fog. Now summer 2007, which is also referred to as post-winter and pre-monsoon session by meteorologists, has also been continuously lashed by rains and thunder showers over the last two and half months, giving rise to fears that monsoon might again go dry this year, if the present situation continues. The change in wind pattern led to a rise in maximum temperatures all over the state on Monday. Dry hot westerly winds dominated the climate, replacing moisture laden easterlies. It was the FIRST TIME IN THE MONTH OF MAY THAT PEOPLE FACED DRY HOT WINDS popularly known as "loo" in this part of the world. While Kanpur was the hottest by recording 42.2 Degrees Celsius maximum temperature, Lucknow was simmering at 41 degrees Celsius. While the weather has been behaving in an HIGHLY UNUSUAL MANNER over the last year, the period taken for assessment is too small to make any sweeping remarks about change in weather pattern. "Weather calculations are based on a period not less than 20 years."