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Monsoon to revive with intensity soon in Kerala

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 22, 2017, 3:33 am IST
Updated Jun 22, 2017, 3:33 am IST
The mean rainfall in Kerala till June 19 was about 28 per cent less compared to its long-term average.
 A woman wades through the water logged M G Road after heavy rains in Kochi. (Photo: PTI)
  A woman wades through the water logged M G Road after heavy rains in Kochi. (Photo: PTI)

Kochi: The Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR) of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) expects the monsoon to revive with moderate intensity, in the coming days in the state, especially central and northern parts.

“Since its onset in Kerala in the current monsoon season, the seasonal mean rainfall in the whole state till June 19 was about 28 per cent less compared to its long-term average. While Wayanad (-57 per cent) and Idukki (-51 per cent) were most affected, Ernakulam was fairly on the safer side (-9 per cent). Malappuram (-42 per cent) and Palakkad (-39 per cent) were also badly affected,” said Dr M.G. Manoj, research scientist at ACARR.

 

“A significant decrease in the number and intensity of low pressure systems, that were otherwise causing abundant showers in western coast of India including Kerala, is supposed to be one of the main reasons for lesser rain in Kerala. In addition, the direction of moisture laden monsoon winds at around 1.5 km above mean sea level had moved towards north of Kerala and had brought good rain in the Konkan coast till Goa region. ...

This change in direction also has contributed to less rainfall activity in the state for the past weeks,” said Dr Manoj.

 

“However, rain-bearing clouds have now formed near Kerala coast and are expected to bring in moderate amount of rains (about 1 cm/24 hours) in the northern and middle parts of the state in the next 2-3 days,” he added.

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