101mm rain in 1 hour brings Pune to a halt
Pune: A heavy downpour that lasted barely an hour inundated the city with 101mm rain on Friday evening. In the usual aftermath, roads were waterlogged, traffic crawled and power supply failed in parts of the city.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) tagged the rain as Pune’s heaviest spell of the season this year, that too in a short span of time. Though the shower lasted only an hour, it surpassed 24-hour rain records of the last six years for October.
According to IMD’s definition, if a rain spell gives over 100mm in one hour, it is called a “cloudburst”. J R Kulkarni, retired scientist from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, said a phenomenon can be termed as a “mini-cloudburst” when a spell gives over 50mm but less than 100mm in an hour. “There are instances when heavy rains occur during the retreating monsoon,” he said. IMD officials told TOI t combination of factors brought on the downpour: convection or heating in the city during the last few days of October and as a system over the Arabian Sea. IMD has indicated more thundershowers and lightning for the weekend in Pune, Konkan, and Vidarbha.