SUBJECT :Season’s heaviest downpour in two years 

Chandigarh, September 22

Record monsoon deluge

"So far 1080.9 mm of rain has fallen, which is about 234.2 mm more than the total average rainfall the city receives in the whole of the monsoon between June and September and 2.9 more than the normal of 1078 mm in a year," said IMD director Surender Paul. The city has not experienced this kind of rainfall in a decade, except in 2008 when 1,112.8 mm of rain was recorded, according to the met department. Chandigarh receives around 1078 mm rainfall in the whole year with the monsoon months usually contributing about 846.6 mm.

Admitting it was the monsoon’s heaviest rainfall - 134.9 mm in an 18-hour span, beginning at about 11.30 pm yesterday night, a meteorological department said the 1080.9 mm of monsoon rain in the city has surpassed the annual rainfall of 1078 mm. With the southwest monsoon remaining active, rain and thundershowers are expected to continue for a couple of days, he added.

The record rainfall that has been routinely disrupting normal life and unleashing chaos on the city's roads appears here to stay. The met department does not see any significant change in the weather pattern during the next few days. While officially the monsoon is supposed to last in the city till September-end, this year there is no guarantee it will ebb even after that.

With the sky overcast for the past two days, rain began pouring down over the city towards midnight yesterday. Several sectors were under a sheet of water as the city experienced heavy rain throughout the night.

Surender Paul, director of the Indian Meteorological Department, said this year the intensity of the rainfall has been greater than previous years, which means more rainfall took place in less time. "It is fuelling the western disturbances with extra moisture and causing this rainfall in northwest India,” he added.

The weatherman said the string of rain bearing "systems", which are a combination of a variety of factors ideal for rainfall like clouds, wind pattern and humidity, lashing north India is the main reason behind the incessant downpour. “We use a ‘high performance computing system’ consisting of different types of instruments to measure weather forecasting like thermometer, anemometer, Doppler radar, hygrograph etc”, he said. The continuous rain in the city and adjoining areas has brought down temperatures considerably with the difference between the minimum and maximum almost becoming blurred. Met office said the day’s maximum temperature was 23.8 degrees Celsius with the minimum at 22.7 degrees. “The weather will remain cloudy with possibility of moderate to heavy rain/thundershowers in isolated places in the next 48 hours”, the weatherman said.

Source: Anil Jerath Tribune News Service