City continues to get September showers

The city continued to receive light showers on Tuesday with the Met department recording 1.5 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm.

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 5, 2012 6:24 am

Well-marked low pressure to bring more rain,dam levels at 80 per cent

The city continued to receive light showers on Tuesday with the Met department recording 1.5 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm. Most parts of the state also recieved good rain with Santacruz recording 27 mm rainfall,Ratnagiri 65 mm,Nagpur 51 mm and Gondhia 49 mm.

The Met department said the well marked low pressure area over Orissa and adjoining Chhattisgarh and cyclonic circulation over Gujarat region and neighbourhood is the reason for good rainfall in the state.

According to the Met department,the offshore trough along the Gujarat-Kerala coast is another reason for the continuos showers in the region that will last for the next 48 hours. The Met department has also forecast good rains in Konkan and Goa.

However,with the city seeing only light showers,the total rainfall recorded since June stands at 335 mm which is deficient by 117.4 mm.

Meanwhile,good rain in the catchment areas has taken the collective water storage to 23.07 TMC (80.96 per cent) in Khadakwasla dam,Panshet dam,Varasgaon dam and Temghar dam.

‘This year’s monsoon better than 2009’

With the monsoon deficiency in the country improving,the Met department has declared that this year’s monsoon was better than the drought year 2009. Speaking on the sidelines of a function in the city,India Meteorological Department (IMD) director general Dr LM Rathore said all the monsoon months were deficient in rains in 2009 as compared to this year.

“The overall rainfall deficiency was 22 per cent in 2009. This year,the first two months were deficient but rainfall improved in August. Also,the rainfall deficiency this year is mostly in rainfed areas,’’ said Rathore.

He added after the August rainfall,situation had become comfortable in Punjab,Haryana,Rajasthan,south interior Karnataka but the deficiency was high in Kutch and Saurashtra.

The fear of El Nino condition for the month of September bringing in poor rainfall is not present as of now. The IMD said that September will not be deficient. “Presently,there is no impact of El Nino on Indian monsoon and the current deficiency has only reduced,’’said Rathore after attending a session on standardisation and integration of automatic weather stations.

With the current deficiency at 12 per cent,IMD is looking at good rainfall in the first week to cover up the deficiency. Rathore said the August rainfall was normal despite world meteorological agencies giving a probability of El Nino condition affecting the rainfall.

AWS set to become big business opportunity,says IMD boss

India Meteorological Department (IMD) director general Dr LM Rathore said Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) are set to become the next big business opportunity in the country as weather data has acquired commercial value. “The weather data has to be accepted by the users and there is huge business opportunity as we are currently importing the AWS. The plan is to set up networks of AWS,” said Rathore. IMD and private players intend to integrate all the existing and future AWS under a national umbrella. IMD has already installed 1,338 AWS and proposes to install 300 more in the next five years. To develop high resolution block level forecast,IMD requires 32,000 AWS. For the agricultural use,the requirement of AWS is estimated at 1.30 lakh. KN Rao,chief risk officer,Agricultural Insurance Company (AIC),said in 2010-11 more than 10 million farmers were covered under weather-based crop insurance. “This year we expect the number of insured farmers to increase to 14 million,” said Rao.

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