more-inThis year’s pre-monsoon season between March and May has witnessed severe storms, often laden with dust. In the second week of April, though, the skies opened up in several parts of eastern and southern States, bringing more rain than the average. People soaked in the rain in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, and the showers moved to the Andhra Pradesh and Kerala coasts as well. The transition from April to May, however, was marked by the return of hot weather and crippling dust storms that killed scores of people, mainly in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. At the same time, easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal brought in moisture, creating the right conditions for thunderstorms.