Friday, July 01, 2011

All India Toppers from June 01 - 30, 2011

Rainfall in cm's (Min 100 cm)
  1. Kollur (Karnataka) - 229
  2. Gaganbawada (Maharashtra) - 191
  3. Agumbe (Karnataka) - 188
  4. Cherrapunji (Meghalaya) - 187
  5. Sangameshwar (Maharashtra) - 177
  6. Kadra (Karnataka) - 171
  7. Siddapura Udupi (Karnataka) - 154
  8. Valpoi (Goa) - 153
  9. Chinnakallar (Tamilnadu) - 150
  10. Bhagamandala (Karnataka) - 150
  11. Piravom (Kerala) - 149
  12. Vadakara (Kerala) - 149
  13. Kanakavali (Maharashtra) - 139
  14. Karkala (Karnataka) - 136
  15. Gerosoppa (Karnataka) - 133
  16. Devala (Tamil Nadu) - 129
  17. Castle Rock (Karnataka) -128
  18. Lanja (Maharashtra) - 128
  19. Sawantwadi (Maharashtra) - 127
  20. Ratnagiri (Maharashtra) - 126
  21. Rajapur (Maharashtra) - 124
  22. Ammathy (Karnataka) - 123
  23. Kottigehara (Karnataka) - 122
  24. Mahabaleshwar (Maharashtra) - 118
  25. Gorkhana (Karnataka) - 118
  26. Vythri (Kerala) - 117
  27. Dharmasthala (Karnataka) - 117
  28. Bhira (Maharashtra) - 117
  29. Cherrapunji RKM (Meghalaya) - 116
  30. Mandangad (Maharashtra) - 115
  31. Udupi (Karnataka) - 113
  32. Bhatkal (Karnataka) - 112
  33. Honovar (Karnataka) - 110
  34. Shirali (Karnataka) - 109
  35. Nilambur (Kerala) - 108
  36. Linganamakki (Karnataka) - 108
  37. Vaikom (Kerala) - 105
  38. Karipur AP (Kerala) - 104
  39. Subramanya (Karnataka) - 100
Heavy Weights - Buxa, Matheran, Peermade failed to make the cut.

Thanks for Karthik Narayan, Karthik Raghavan and Subrahmaniam for helping to maintain the list and its updation.
Chennai - now 7:13pm wind direction shifting to S-W ... this may hinder / weaken the approaching T.shower... NO sea breeze now.
Chennai - A major T.shower is still approaching W,W-S-W and W-N-W suburbs of Chennai in another 30 min ... Take cover
6pm, Heavy T.showers all along East.central India and S-E peninsula ... .. S.central Tamilnadu also getting Rain
RT @Tina_Maria_: Rains and now we've got this cool breeze blowing through the city. Looks like even our Big Man up there ...
Radar shows a massive T.shower approaching W,W-N-W suburbs of Chennai ...
Heavy showers over East and N-E India to continue for another 48 hrs ..
Monsoon snaps from Lonavala ...

Greenpeace hypocrisy hit its nadir

Just take a good look at MV Esperanza, one of the ships of Greenpeace. Yes, you noticed right. That's sooty black smoke you are spotting!  You may say it can't be but that afraid is what it really is. This 72-meter, three-engined diesel electric propulsion giant, which can cruise at 16 knots is a former Russian fire-fighting and emergency response ship. Needing to cut through ice, its designed with a very thick and heavy hull. Having a need to respond to emergencies, its also designed to be extremely fast at the same time.

So no surprise here. MV Esperanza is one hell of a guzzler of marine diesel, which is similar to ordinary diesel but comes in much cheaper, heavier and dirtier! Yet in India, Greenpeace activists have the thick skin to gherao (encirclement - a typically South Asian way of protest) offices of Airtel, India's top telecom provider. Why? Apparently, Greenpeace wants Airtel to switch off diesel!

That’s not all. Their hypocrisy does not stop there. Anyone who expresses scepticism of global warming is accused by Greenpeace of being in the pay of oil companies, global corporations. Greenpeace campaign is oriented to convince the world that global warming scepticism is a mouthpiece for ExxonMobil and other oil companies. So it maintains a website that "exposes" donations of Exxon/Esso to various U.S. think-tanks. Dr Willy Soon, world renowned astrophysicist, attached to the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics is their latest victim. The latest Greenpeace report, "Case Study: Dr. Willie Soon, A Career Fuelled by Big Oil and Coal," reveals that $1.033 million of Dr. Soon's funding since 2001 had come from oil and coal interests.

So let us apply the same standards that Greenpeace used and examine it with their own track record. Four significant issues immediately then can be raised.

Rains scaling up over peninsular interior

India Meteorological Department (IMD) is expecting a ‘slight' increase in rainfall activity over interior south peninsular India from the weekend.
Scattered rain or thundershowers have also been forecast central India, which, along with peninsular interior, has been under the grip of lean phase over the past week or so.


This is even as parts of northwest India, east India and the west coast would continue to witness fairly widespread rain or thundershowers.
Global models had earlier suggested that the monsoon may come out of the weak phase after a surplus run during most of June.
This, according to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, would materialise in tandem with the heavy rain activity over east and northeast India lifting expectedly by Monday.
The rains have been triggered by a low-pressure area that sprung up over Uttar Pradesh a couple of days ago boosting the southeasterly flows from the Bay of Bengal.
A weather warning valid for the next two days said that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya.


It would be heavy over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
The 24 hours ending Thursday morning saw widespread rainfall being reported from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Northeastern States.
It was fairly widespread over Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, east Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi.
Scattered rainfall fell over Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka and isolated over Gujarat, West Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.


The Climate Prediction Centre of the US National Weather Services said in its outlook that ‘patches of weak precipitation' would settle across north and east India and to the equatorial Indian Ocean to the south of the peninsula.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the seasonal trough at mean sea level passed through Amritsar, Karnal, Meerut, the centre of the low pressure area, Patna, Dhanbad and thence east-southeastwards to northeast Bay of Bengal.


Towards the northwest, the feeble western disturbance persisted over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir.
This provided a setting for southeasterly monsoon winds to set up a rendezvous with northwesterlies associated with the trough precipitating rains

Monsoon snaps from Lonavala

All photos taken using Blackberry mobile ... so please bear with the resolution.
Shared by "Shakeel"

Foggy khandala in monsoons
Lonavla lake and the cool climate this monsoon. Far from sweaty humid mumbai 
Tiger point on way to amby valley at lonavala. The fog is so thick. Have a look

Awesome view from tiger point

Chennai - just now 6:05pm a sharp shower lashed Pallavaram zone for 10 min.
Chennai - strong drizzle started over Pallavaram zone just now 5:59pm
Chennai - Heavy cloud activity and showers over W-N-W of chennai at around 60 kms
Chennai - Sriperampudur zone is getting sharp showers now 5pm.. W-S-W of Chennai
RT @rajugana: @weatherofindia Baroda 1.35pm, passing clouds and slight drizzle at the moment...
Chennai - Good showers over W-N-W of Chennai at around 80 km... more cloud formation seen over West as well
2:30pm, S, S-E and E Bay has become very active again after a week ...
Chennai - having very good T.cell formation over to South and S-W of Chennai... Now the chance of a sharp shower is increased to 80 percent
Chennai - now 3:12pm having good sea breeze from E-S-E and temp. going down rapidly !
Chennai - touched another high of 37.4 C (1:00pm), While cloud formations continue... NO sea breeze yet. Now 1:27pm we have wind from S-W
Chennai - just touched a max of 36.9 C (12:52pm)... Some cloud formation can be seen. Heavy formations expected after the sea breeze sets in
Evening showers predicted for N. Tamilnadu, S. Karnataka and S. Andhra from 2-Jul till 7-Jul and beyond.
Today, Good S-westerlies flowing into S.Gujarat and N.Maharastra coast .. will continue for another 3 days..