The monsoon has been partial to Chandigarh this year as compared to its two neighbouring cities, Mohali and Panchkula. Both cities have rainfall deficit of over 60 per cent.
The rainfall in Mohali from June 1 till date is only 85.1 mm, which is the lowest of all three cities. Panchkula fared slightly better with 119.1 mm. Chandigarh got 170.4 mm.
In 2015, Mohali district had received 331.3 mm rainfall. Met officials said last year, Mohali had excess rainfall of 48 per cent above normal level. This year, it has a deficit of 62 per cent.
The rainfall deficit is 61 per cent in Panchkula, which received 176.4 mm rainfall last year, while this year it is 119.1 mm.
Chandigarh has got the best deal so far, with a rainfall of 170.4 mm, though it was lower than last year’s 257.3 mm. This year, the rainfall deficit in Chandigarh is 44 per cent.’
“The monsoon activity is weak this year, so there are cloudy conditions, but no rainfall. It is more concentrated in the foothills of Himalayas and districts like Mohali, Panchkula have received less rainfall. Even when it rains, it is unequally distributed due to cloud formations,” said Surinder Paul, director, Meteorological Centre, Chandigarh.
Talking about Tricity, he said, “Though Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali are close to each other, rainfall can vary at a range of 2 km.”
Talking about Mohali, the officials highlight that there is a deficit of six per cent in Punjab and Mohali is among districts which received less rainfall. Similarly, there is two per cent deficit in rainfall in Haryana and districts such as Ambala and Panchkula have received low rainfall. Panchkula received 13 mm rainfall on July 3, which has been maximum this monsoon.
As empty white clouds drift across the clear blue sky on a July afternoon, hopes of residents for impending rainfall have further been dashed, as Met department officials highlight that monsoon activity would be weak for another week.
“The monsoon has been sluggish ever since it arrived and now its is Break Monsoon period, when the monsoon shifts closer to the foothills of Himalayas, causing sharp decrease in rainfall over most parts of the country. It will start reviving after July 24 and residents can expect rainfall after July 30,” said a Met official.