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Mahabaleshwar wettest place in India, pips Cherrapunji for rain

It isn’t as if Mahabaleshwar rained on Cherrapunji’s parade, though. The latter has received substantially less rain this year as compared to the average it gets during the south-west monsoon.

pune Updated: Aug 29, 2018 14:26 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Tourists in Mahabaleshwar walk through a drenched and shut main market area, with the hill station soaking in rain. (Preshit Gandhi/ HT Photo )

Move over Cherrapunji; the wettest place in India this year is Mahabaleshwar, in Maharashtra.

Indeed, according to the India Meteorological department (IMD), the hill station in Maharashtra tops even Mawsynram, Cherrapunji’s neighbour in Meghalaya, and now widely considered the place that receives the most rain in the country.

It isn’t as if Mahabaleshwar rained on Cherrapunji’s parade, though. The latter has received substantially less rain this year as compared to the average it gets during the south-west monsoon.

Between June 1 and August 28, the erstwhile wettest place on earth in Meghalaya got 4,730.2 mm rainfall as compared to 6,960 mm in the same period last year. In a normal rainy season (May to October), Cherrupunji, known for its water-falls, gets about 8,000 mm of rain.

Mahabaleshwar, which falls in the hilly terrain of Western Ghats so far has received 5,619 mm rainfall, about 100 mm more than what it got in the entire season in 2017. “The heavy rain in and around Mahabaleshwar was because of the low pressure that had formed over West BengalOdisha and the movement of this system towards Central India,” said AK Srivastava, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD, Pune. Srivastava said that it was “probably for the first time” Mahabaleshwar has surpassed Cherrupunji but added that he will have to check all the previous records to be sure. “This is a phenomenal record for sure,” he added. .

According to the senior IMD official, the situation will remain more or less the same for the next few days and if this trend continues, Mahabaleshwar will clearly emerge as the place with maximum rainfall in the country this season.

Cherrapunji holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year, 26,471mm (1,042.2 in) of rainfall between August 1860 and July 1861 and the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month (9,300mm) in July 1861.

“Of course, we have to consider the fact that when the central Indian peninsula receives good rainfall, the North East region gets less than average rainfall. This year also, the cumulative rainfall of all seven north eastern states is 27% deficit, while Meghalaya is 33% deficit so far,” Srivastava said.


First Published: Aug 29, 2018 14:25 IST