The Hindu Business Line
Another round of rain predicted for Central India
A fresh round of heavy rain is forecast to wallop Central India over the next few days as yet another low-pressure area has sprung up over North-West Bay of Bengal and adjoining BengalBangladesh coasts on Monday.
Though located slightly farther away from Kerala vis-a-vis the earlier deep depression, the ‘low’ is forecast to bring widespread rainfall along parts of the State as well, including the flood and landslide-hit northern districts.
Light to moderate rainfall has been forecast at most places over Kerala on Monday Tuesday with isolated heavy to very heavy falls; over Coastal Karnataka on Monday; and over Konkan and Goa on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kerala rain trend
But the rainfall activity over Kerala, Karnataka and Konkan & Goa is likely to decrease significantly from Thursday (August 15), the India Met Department (IMD) said.
The fresh spell arrives after the rainfall for the country as a whole turned into a surplus on Monday, though the scenario reverted to being just ‘normal’ by the evening since overall rain amounts plateaued through the day.
Main stations receiving significant rainfall (in cm) during the 24 hours ending on Monday morning were Dehradun-13; Long Island-11; Pantnagar and Mahabaleshwar-7 each; Purulia-6; Jamshedpur, Chandbali, Maya Bandar, Port Blair and Matheran-5 each; and Dharmshala, Mount Abu, Medak and Karipur-4 each.
These are way below the humongous amounts of rainfall being received on both sides of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Tamil Nadu,
The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy precipitation over Odisha on Monday
Karnataka, and Maharashtra into as late as Sunday.
To head North
This could change again, with the IMD predicting heavy to very heavy rain
with extremely heavy falls over Odisha on Monday; Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha on Tuesday; East Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday and Wednesday; and West Madhya Pradesh and East Rajasthan on Wednesday and Thursday. An extended forecast for three days from Saturday to Monday (August 17 to 19) showed the heavy rain belt moving to North and NorthEast India, and parts of the West Coast.
Meanwhile, the erstwhile deep depression from the Bay had travelled all the away across Central India to reach the North Arabian Sea and adjoining South Pakistan after creating a deluge along India’s West Coast and adjoining interior.
The main rain-driving feature of the monsoon, the trough across the plains of North India, runs down from passes through Kapurthala, Ambala, Pantnagar, Gorakhpur, Bhagalpur, Kolkata and thence into centre of the ‘low’ the North-West Bay.