August rainfall highest since 19261 min read

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August rainfall highest since 19261 min read

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August rainfall this year has been the highest since 1926 with 32.7 cm — or about 27% more than what is normal for the month, according to data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday. In August 1926, the rainfall recorded was 34.8 cm, exceeding the normal by 33%.

This was largely due to torrential rain in central India,. The southern States together have also received 35% more rain.

Low-pressure systems

The heavy rain in August was due to several long-lasting low-pressure systems, or rain-bearing winds, that formed in the Bay of Bengal and were vigorous enough to travel all the way from the south-eastern coast up to north-west India.

Climate change

Long periods of heavy rain followed by extended dry periods are a feature of climate change and is part of a general change in monsoon patterns over India, the IMD had previously stated.

Flood Forecasting in Cities

IMD has also indicated that it’ll do flood forecasting for Mumbai and Chennai. This requires a very detailed map of the city for which forecasting has to be done. Over time this coverage will increase says IMD.

For anybody who is curious to learn why it Rains.

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