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Sunday, August 31, 2014

August sees 4th lowest rainfall since 2000

Entire Month Records Only 418MM
After witnessing an arid June and a record-breaking rain in July , Santa Cruz has gone back to a dry August. If the rainfall figures for the month are anything to go by , then August could hold the title for recording the fourth lowest rain of around 418mm since the year 2000.Weathermen opine that the "break monsoon", a phenomenon that is known to be present every monsoon season, has lasted longer this year, thus giving August less rain though the island city and the sub urbs witnessed moderate to heavy showers on Saturday .

June this year recorded very meager rain of barely 87.3mm while July rainfall was abundant and the suburbs were seen record ing 1468.7mm of rain. But since the beginning of August itself the rain during the entire month was not as expected considering the July rains had built high expectations.Throughout the month of August one saw a few occasional spells of rain occurring in the suburbs and island city.

V K Rajeev, director of the regional meteorological department in Mumbai said, " August has witnessed subdued rainfall activity and no active weather systems were seen, which are known to give the city rain. The break monsoon phenomenon does not last for any fixed period of time. However this year the monsoons are yet to revive from it."

Since 2000, less rainfall in the month of August was recorded in the year 2013, 2012 and 2009. Meanwhile August 2010 recorded the highest rain of 1036.5mm in the past 14 years. August 17 of the same year had received the highest one day rainfall with 158.2mm Even the first day of Ganpati did not witness not much rainfall and in the 24 hours from August 29 to 30, one saw Colaba record 4mm of rain and Santa Cruz 2.4mm.

A few spells of rain or thundershowers have been forecast for the next 24 hours--from August 30 afternoon onwards. So far out of the season's required rainfall during the four months of monsoons, the island city has already received 85.88% of the rain while the suburbs have recorded 88.46% of the rain required.

However, the seven lakes that supply water to the city have a good stock so far with 13.62lakh million litres. This is the highest water stock the city has as on date if compared to the past five years. The reason for it could also be the addition of one more lake namely Middle Vaitarana, which alone has contributed to 1.93 lakh million litres of water to the total water stock.

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