Climate is at the forefront of reporting on India’s weather patterns. The weather in April is known for the first incidents of rain at the onset of summer in India. This is the month when thunderstorms roar across many regions, particularly in North and Northeastern India. A special aspect of this is weather spotting, as the popular practice of chasing storms and gathering data on them for research or for reporting. April is also the month when we witnessed a sharp spike in temperatures, and the formation of the first tropical cyclone of 2017 over the Bay of Bengal – Cyclone Maarutha – that made landfall over Myanmar. April marks the beginning of the hot, wet and humid season of a tropical clime. The issue talks about these and other aspects of the climate in April – the beginning of an Indian summer.