Paulus Mugutmal, Loksatta
Pune Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, one of the wettest places in the country, received more than 4760 mm of rainfall in the first three weeks of the season. In the last few years, Mahabaleshwar, which has overtaken Cherrapunji two to three times in rainfall, received only 120 mm of rainfall during this period. Therefore, Cherrapunji’s rain lead has been proved once again.
Cherrapunji in Meghalaya and Mahabaleshwar in the Ghats division of Maharashtra were never compared. However, in the two years of 2018 and 2019, the overall rainfall in Meghalaya and Cherrapunji had decreased. During the same period, Mahabaleshwar received above average rainfall. Therefore, Mahabaleshwar was in competition with Cherrapunji in terms of rainfall. Rainfall in Tamhini Ghat area of Pune district was also discussed during this period. Mahabaleshwar received 5700 mm of rainfall in the first two months of 2018 alone. Cherrapunji received less than 3,000 mm of rainfall during this period. In 2019, Mahabaleshwar received more than 7,000 mm of rain. Cherrapunji received less rainfall during this period. Mahabaleshwar rains had maintained the lead till the end of the season. This year, however, the overall rainfall in Maharashtra is low. Even with the onset of monsoon, it does not rain enough. Evaporation from the Arabian Sea has been slow since the beginning of the season. The rain of Mahabaleshwar has also hit it. In the first three weeks of this season, only 120 mm of rainfall has been recorded here, which is less than the average of three and a half millimeters.
Meghalaya and Maharashtra ..
Meghalaya and Cherrapunji have received record rainfall this year. Cherrapunji also recorded a record rainfall of over 850 mm in 24 hours. Mosinram also recorded the highest rainfall in 24 hours this year. The rainfall in the first three weeks is more than 4760 mm, which is more than three thousand millimeters more than the average. Most of this rain has fallen in the last ten days. East Khasi Hills, which includes Cherrapunji, receives 210 per cent more rainfall, while Satara, which includes Mahabaleshwar, receives 74 per cent less rainfall.
A little information ..
Cherrapunji has been known as the wettest place in India for the last several years. In recent years, Mosinram in Meghalaya has also become one of the wettest places in the country.
Lack of rainfall in 17 states
In 17 states of the country including Maharashtra, there is lack of rain in the first phase of the season. Maharashtra still receives 41% less rainfall than average. Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand received the lowest rainfall. Gujarat, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and other states also receive less rainfall.