Goa is country’s wettest state this monsoon

ABDUL WAHAB KHAN | NT

Panaji

Goa has scripted history
this monsoon as it received 3782.1 mm of rain, which is about 961 mm more than what it normally
receives since June 1.

According to the India
meteorological department, Goa received highest rainfall in the country this
year, ‘outperforming’ bigger states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat,
Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Union territories Dadar and Nagar Haveli,
Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar islands.

The state has recorded 34
per cent excess rainfall this monsoon season, breaking the records of the last ten years.

The southwest monsoon had
set in over the state on June 20 after the longest delay of 14 days, and since
the monsoon onset the state received more than 100mm rainfall in 24 hours for
seven times.

Between June 1 and September
12, the wettest state/Union territory after Goa has been Dadar and Nagar Haveli
that has recorded 3355.7 mm of rainfall
as against normal rain of 1988.1 mm, which
is a huge excess of 69 per cent.

Gujarat received 641.5mm,
while Rajasthan recorded about 517.9mm of rain – both the states
touched 32 per cent excess

during the same period.

Among the five states and
three UTs noted for receiving excess
rainfall, Maharashtra has received 1174 mm of rainfall between June 1 and
September 12 against the normal rainfall pegged at 905.9 mm, gaining an excess
of 30 per cent.

Madhya Pradesh has recorded
1102.4mm of rain, which has been 28 per
cent more than the normal rain.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
which has witnessed increased frequency of cyclones and storms during the
monsoon, has received 1538.2 mm of rainfall as against 1391.5 mm, which is an excess of 39 per cent.

The smallest Union territory
of Lakshadweep has recorded 1137mm, which is an excess of 25 per cent.

IMD-Goa director Dr K
V Padgalwar said that for the first time Goa has surpassed
rain records of other states.

“This has been a phenomenal
record,” he remarked.

As per the rainfall data of
rain gauge stations of the state, Sattari taluka has recorded highest rainfall of 5045.3mm, followed by Sankhali
(4364.3mm), Pernem (4239.4mm) and Sanguem (4231.2mm).

After a delayed onset, the
monsoon started with a deficit of 14 per cent. However, with excess rains in July
the monthly deficit came down to zero,
and touched 23 per cent excess.

August saw an increased
frequency of heavy rainfall, and the
excess monthly rainfall stood at 64 per cent.

September has witnessed a
dry start so far.

In 2015, the state had
witnessed deficit rain of 20 per cent, while there was five per cent excess rainfall in 2014.

However, in 2016 the
rainfall deficiency was just one per cent, which shot up to 14 per cent in 2017 and stood at 19 per cent deficit in 2018.

Usually, the monsoon starts
withdrawing from east central Arabian Sea, and adjoining Konkan coast from October 1 and October 15.

In 2018, the monsoon was
declared ‘withdrawn’ on October 14. In 2017 it was ‘withdrawn’ on October 24.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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