Downpour in region, and more to follow
Chandigarh, August 17
Assessing the downpour as “extremely beneficial and good for agriculture” which dominates the economy of many states in the northwestern zone, Met officials say this spell is expected to last for at least a day.
Speaking to The Tribune today, Mr B.P. Yadav, Director, Met, Delhi said: “Our forecast is that the northwest region will experience very good rainfall, which will hugely benefit farmers. This forecast will hold good for the entire northwest without exception. Meteorologically, this region comprises Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal. Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab, Rajasthan and western UP.”
Significantly, with today’s rainfall, the region will further recover from the deficiency which it has been facing ever since the monsoon season began this year. The deficiency was caused due to a weak monsoon for a large part of the season. Severely deficient until three weeks back, the north-western region has already made up for the losses to a large extent.
Where the reported deficiency for northwest until about July 27 was minus 35 per cent, now it stands at a manageable 22 per cent. When contacted, Mr S.C. Bhan, also from IMD, Delhi, admitted, “The recovery from rainfall deficiency has been tremendous, especially for the northwestern India, including Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Today’s rainfall will further help us bridge the gap in rainfall in the northwest zone.”
Ruling out a flood-like situation, except if the weather systems go haywire, weather experts also forecast a moderate rainfall for the northwest. Says Mr Bhan, “Agriculturally, this rainfall will be the best of the season for the northwest. While most parts will have moderate rainfall, some isolated pockets may have heavy downpour. We are calling this spell good for the NW because it will be fairly widespread, not very low, neither very heavy. There are no chances of a deluge like situation which Punjab and Chandigarh areas experienced some time ago.”
Explaining the weather phenomena, Mr Yadav said there were three primary causes for “good rainfall” in the northwest. “The first cause is the formation of a low pressure area over northwest Rajasthan and southwest Uttar Pradesh. Also we have an upper air cyclonic circulation over Punjab, which will bring it good rainfall. Furthermore, there are western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir. These three weather systems have come together in a pattern that would be hugely beneficial for the areas we mentioned above. We expect good rainfall in the next 24 hours.”
Rainfall recorded in some stations of northwest India showed
Chandigarh had received the best spell of 58 mm between 8.30 am and 5.30
pm. Measurements for some other areas are Amritsar (51 mm), Ludhiana (40
mm), Patiala (14 mm), Ambala (48 mm), Hisar (2 mm), Bhuntar (13 mm),
Shimla (5 mm).