P. Venugopal

28 per cent deficit in State

Thiruvananthapuram has least rainfall

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala continues to hold its position in the short list of rain-deficit regions in the country at this stage of the Southwest Monsoon, according the latest update of India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Most parts of the country received normal to above normal rainfall so far this season, with 27 of the 36 meteorological sub-divisions receiving excess/normal downpour.

Kerala, the entry point of the Southwest Monsoon into the country, is on the deficit to the extent of 28 per cent as on Wednesday.

The three-day wet spell which began last Saturday has, however, pushed the State forward a notch.

The previous Wednesday the rainfall deficit in the State was 39 per cent.

Bleak outlook

The outlook for the next three days is bleak, figuratively. It means fairly sunny days with a few showers here and there.

Idukki district, where the State’s main hydro-electric reservoirs are located, is now 33 per cent deficit in rainfall. The worst is Thiruvananthapuram district with a deficit of 61 per cent, followed by Wayanad district with a deficit of 59 per cent.

Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram too are in deficits ranging from 20 to 50 per cent.

The remaining four districts—Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode and Palakkad—have now recorded normal rainfall.

The heavier of the recorded rainfalls during the wet spell of the previous week too were in these districts in the Malabar region.

Windspeed

According to the Director of the Thiruvananthapuram Meteorology Centre M.D. Ramachandran, the wind-speeds across the State’s coast have dropped far below ideal levels after the spell that brought good and widespread rainfall for three days since Saturday.

The IMD, in its long range forecast update for this monsoon released a couple of days ago, has predicted a normal season of rainfall for the country as a whole.

The South Peninsula, where Kerala is situated, is forecast to receive 98 per cent of the normal monsoon, with a model error of plus or minus eight per cent.

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