Hop­ing De­cem­ber doesn’t dis­ap­point

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

As the city faces the prospect of a weak north­east mon­soon, me­te­o­rol­o­gists hope that De­cem­ber will see a re­vive of rain­fall ac­tiv­ity to end the sea­son with a smaller deficit.

To this end, they point out that cy­clones are not lim­ited to Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber alone.

Of the 33 weather sys­tems that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast in the past five decades, 12 hap­pened in De­cem­ber.

The most re­cent ones were Cy­clone Fanoos in De­cem­ber 2005, Thane in De­cem­ber 2011, Madi in De­cem­ber 2013 and Var­dah in 2016.

There is a pos­si­bil­ity of a spell of heavy rain oc­cur­ing at the end of the sea­son as well, said weather ex­pert Y.E.A. Raj.

B. VELANKANNI RAJ ■

Ev­ery drop counts: Metrowa­ter faces the daunt­ing task of keep­ing sup­ply lines open should the north­east mon­soon play tru­ant again.

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