Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Coming Soon this India's Wettest places Series - Chinnakallar/Upper Nirar, Tamil Nadu

Valparai Hill Station
In Coimbatore dt in Valaparai region, i have Upper Nirar / Chinnakallar, Lower Nirar, Iyerpadi, Anaimalai, Valparai etc daily rainfall data for last 13 years. Upper Nirar / Chinnakallar has got over 9000 mm in 2007 and close to 9000 in 2005.

Manjoli Hill Station
In Tirunelveli dt in Manjoli region, Kuthiraivetti, Oothu, Manjolai, Kakachi etc

Nilgiris Hills
In Nilgiris dt, Devala, Upper Bhavani, Avalanchi, Naickenshola, Ellamanna, Naduvattam etc.

Please watch out this space for the wettest series. You will be surprised with the rainfall data.

Ponnachi G Son sir,  we discussed a lot in Indian Weatherman few years back on the wettest place in Tamil Nadu and i have answers to your questions. Hope you reply back.

you asked me to come forward to analysis rainfall and distribution in these regions. Taluk wise rainfall distribution based on area weighted average will give clear picture. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cherrapunji records 5th lowest rainfall in 140 years and the lowest in last 35 years

Cherrapunjee is one of the wettest place on earth and is also known as Sohra. It had received only 7560 mm of rainfall in 2013. It is the lowest rainfall in last 35 years and 5th lowest in last 140 years. This town has an average rainfall of 11,070 mm a year. The highest recorded total annual rainfall was 24555 mm in the year 1974. 

Cherrapunji recording Rainfall less than 8000 mm in last 140 years

The prime reason for deficit monsoon rainfall over the North-East in 2013 was formation of above normal monsoon low-pressure systems over the Bay of Bengal and subsequent passage of those systems across central India and north peninsula,” said scientist Sunit Das of IMD Guwahati.

However, most residents blamed the degradation of the eco system, with trees felled at the hills for limestone mining and other purposes. There is also water scarcity here these days. People have to walk for miles to collect drinking water. Deforestation, lack of rain harvesting and constant mining are often cited as the reasons.

"We had a thriving tourist traffic here but it is beginning to fall. Specially, the number of foreign tourists is getting less and less," says Banzer Cooper Lyngdoh, an officer with Meghalaya tourism in Cherrapunji. "Tourists come here to see the rain and clouds, so why should they come at all if it is hot and sunny?" Mr Lyngdoh asked.
This year Hulikal in Karnataka has topped the country charts with annual rainfall with 9383 mm in 2013. Mawsynaram, the famed counterpart of Cherrapunji has also got less rainfall of 8610 mm in 2013.

Source of Interviews : Compiled from Various Newspapers
Rainfall data - Own Research