Sunday, August 22, 2010

Its NE-monsoon week for Tamilnadu - Widespread rainfall in the state

After a long disappointment over the delayed or inadequate rainfall during the South-West monsoon, a downpour lashed Coimbatore city and suburbs on Friday night.

Rainfall in mm during the last 24 hours till 8.30 a.m. on Saturday: Annur - 6, Peelamedu - 46.3, Mettupalayam - 50.2, Pollachi - 32, Periyanaickenpalayam - 40, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - 48, Sulur - 37, Coimbatore South Taluk - 56, Thondamuthur - 30, Valparai Taluk - 8, Chincona - 4 and Chinnakallar - 3. Parambiulam - 4, Aliyar - 15.4, Thirumurthy - 5, Amaravathy - 27, Upper Nirar - 3, Lower Nirar - 1, Manacadavu - 46, Sircarapthy - 4, Upper Aliyar - 2, Kadamparai - 2, Uppar - 28, Valparai - 11, Thoonakadavu - 2, Vettaikaranpudur - 22, Pongalur - 28, Pollachi - 32 and Nallaru - 10.

Rain proved to be minimal in the Western Ghats along the catchments of the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project (PAP) reservoirs. Officials said that the rainfall during the South-West monsoon remained inadequate and the reservoirs are yet to reach the brim. The water level in dams on Saturday: Sholayar - 124.49 ft as against the Full Reservoir Level of 160, Parambikulam 47.85 ft as against the FRL of 72, Aliyar 115.80 ft as against the FRL of 120 ft, Thirumurthy reservoir 53.18 ft as against the FRL of 60 ft and Amaravathy had 62.50 ft as against the FRL of 90 ft.

Siruvani, the reservoir that takes care of the drinking water needs, witnessed a downpour. The rainfall in the catchment was 75 mm and at the foothills was 40 mm. The storage is said to be improving considerably. The storage stood at 28.37 feet as against the FRL of nearly 50 feet.

Heavy rain lashed Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on Saturday. The agriculture department officials said the rain was beneficial for standing Kuruvai crop. According to P.Loganathan, Joint Director of Agriculture, Thanjavur , Kuruvai crop is in the tillering to flowering stage.

The rainfalls recorded in the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Saturday were as follows (in mm): Thanjavur 15.3, Kumbakonam 25.4, Valangaiman 13.5, Ayyampettai 18, Papanasam 61, Thiruthuraipoondi 45.5, Neyvasal Thenpathi 66, Mannargudi 34, Muthupettai 66, Peravurani 14, Vettikadu 19, Orathanadu 41.5, Madukkur 44 and Pattukottai 31.

Torrential rain continued unabated for the second day with the district recording an average rainfall of 21.98 mm on Saturday. Vedaranyam recorded the highest rainfall of 70.40 mm. According to sources at Vedaranyam, the rains brought respite to the herbivores at Kodiakarrai sanctuary. However, flooded salt pans would slacken salt production, sources said. The morning's heavy rains in Nagapattinam block also brought in its first of rain-induced loss with inundation of a fair price shop here.

Rainfall recorded for the 24-hour period upto Saturday 8 a.m. are as follows (in mm): Vedaranyam 70.40 ; Tirupoondi 46; Thalainayar 26; Manalmedu 22; Nagapattinam 15.40; Mayiladuthurai 9 ; Sirkazhi 6; Tharangabadi 3; and Kollidam recorded nil rainfall.

Several parts of the Tiruchi district received intermittent shower on Saturday, bringing down the temperature. The sky remained overcast throughout the day.

Navalur Kuttapattu recorded the maximum of 43 mm of rainfall in the district.The following were the chief amount of rainfall recorded in other parts of the district during the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday (in mm): Thuraiyur 36; Kovilpatti 27.40; Samayapuram 25; Ponnaniyar Dam 22; Marungapuri 20.20; Manapparai 17.20; Kuppampatti 15 and Vathalai Anicut 6.60. The district recorded an average of 11.35 mm of rainfall during the period.

Rain lashed Dharmapuri district from Friday night. Karimangalam experienced a maximum rainfall of 245 mm.Dharmapuri district experienced a maximum rainfall of 365 mm. All the lakes and ponds in and around Karimangalam were filled to the brim.

In Krishnagiri district, many places received moderate rain from Thursday night. Moderate rain occurred on Saturday morning for about two hours. Rainfall recorded in mm in various places is: Denkankottai – 76, Anchetti – 43, Thaly – 27, Royakottai – 29, Barur – 63.4 and KRP Dam – 8.2.

Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed several parts of the Nilgiris on Friday night. With the downpour continuing till the small hours of Saturday, Ooty recorded 71 mm of rainfall and Kotagiri 75 mm.

Overcast skies and a steady drizzle across most of the city kept temperatures down allowing Chennai to have a cool day providing respite from the heat, on Saturday. The weather station in Meenambakkam received close to 24 mm of rain while the Nungambakkam station recorded just over 13 mm. Area cyclone warning centre director S R Ramanan said, “The rains have been caused by an upper air cyclonic circulation. We have put out a forecast for 24 hours. People can expect rains over the next 48 hours.”

Rain continued to batter Salem city and the district for the second consecutive day on Saturday. The heavy rain, which began on Friday evening forcing the postponement of DMK public meeting which Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was to address, inundated the low-lying areas in the city. The Gandhi Stadium resembled a pool and many roads and streets had come under a sheet of water.

Salem city recorded 30.4 mm. Tourists shied away from Yercaud as bitter chill swept across the hill resort since Friday morning. Rains added to their woes. Power failure also had gripped the town. Namakkal town and surrounding places received rain since Friday evening. Kolli Hills also recorded heavy rains

Incessant rain affected normal life in various parts of Erode district on Saturday. A number of parts in the district, including Erode town, received heavy showers on Friday night and Saturday. The overcast sky and incessant rain brought down the temperature significantly, giving the much needed respite from heat.

Light to heavy rain lashed Vellore, Katpadi and surrounding areas on Saturday afternoon.The rain came as a relief to residents, who were worried about the monsoon playing truant, resulting in the depletion of groundwater in most areas and water scarcity everywhere.The rain brought cheer to farmers who had raised rain fed crops.

1 comment:

  1. Good. This Low pressure and NEM conditions should prevail for next 4 weeks.

    What is the forcast for next week?