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Surplus rain for Pune this monsoon season... so far

From June 1 to August 31, Pune district received a total rainfall of 938.1 mm, which is 36 per cent more than its average rainfall (688.6mm) in the same duration.

pune Updated: Sep 01, 2018 17:07 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
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From June 1 to August 31, Pune district received a total rainfall of 938.1 mm.(HT File Photo)

Pune district has received surplus rainfall this season. As per the records provided by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune district has received highest rainfall in Maharashtra along with Nashik and Satara.

“The overall monsoon has been satisfactory not only for Pune but also for the state. In the initial period of monsoon (June), around five districts in Marathwada and Vidarbha were in the deficit category and the number increased to 12 in July. But the heavy showers across the state, barring Nandurbar and Sangli, after August 15 have compensated the deficit. A dry spell till September 13 is forecasted but compared to other states, Maharashtra sits pretty this monsoon so far,” said Jeevanprakash Kulkarni, a retired scientist with IMD, who is presently associated with a forum called Satarkindia that issues warning based on various climatic scenarios.

“Even though Kerala and Karnataka received surplus rainfall, the other states like Gujarat, Saurashtra, Telangana, and mainly north-eastern states were relatively dry. As of now, India is having -6 deficit than average and sitting on the border. If the figure reaches -10 or -12, it will be a worrying factor.”

From June 1 to August 31, Pune district received a total rainfall of 938.1 mm, which is 36 per cent more than its average rainfall (688.6mm) in the same duration. Satara received 698.7 mm, more than 21 per cent of its average rainfall of 575.4 mm, while Nashik stood third and received 863.3mm, more than 20 per cent of its average rainfall of 720.7 mm.

However, Pune district is far behind to reach its last year’s rainfall of 1091mm in the same duration. In 2017, Pune district received a total of 289.1 mm rainfall in June followed by 512.5 mm in the next month making it the record rainfall in the district in the last five years. The 2017 August rainfall figure was 290.2 mm.

This year, Pune district received good rains in the first week of June but a week-long dry spell in the third week raised concerns. However, after mid-July, the district has been receiving regular showers and major dams providing water to Pune city and Pimpri-Chinchwad like Khadakwasala, Panshet and Varasgaon were filled to their capacity in August. The weather department forecast good rainfall for Pune in September too.

Meanwhile, three districts Nandurbar, Sangli and Solapur recorded deficient rains hovering between 20-24 per cent less than average. Nandurbar in upper Maharashtra received 520.2 mm, which is 23 per cent less than average, while Sangli received 282.9 mm (-24 per cent) and Solapur was 20 per cent less with 238.4 mm.

Interestingly, the drought-prone districts in Vidarbha and Marathwada are showing fewer deficiency figures and most of the districts have reported rainfall which is either excess or at relatively close to average rainfall this season.

Pune district rainfall in last five years (June 1 to August 31)

2013: 819.4 mm

2014: 773.1 mm

2015: 425.5 mm

2016: 941.2 mm

2017: 1091.8 mm

2018: 938.1 mm

First Published: Sep 01, 2018 17:07 IST