This October was the wettest in Panaji in 120 years.
PANAJI: If you thought the incessant rain that hit Panaji This October was unprecedented, you are probably right. The capital city account of 509.1 mm for the month after the monsoon was the highest since 1901, and well ahead of the second rainiest October recorded, which occurred in 2006 with 391.5 mm.
But it wasn’t only Panaji that received a bounty this October. The state clocked 540.9mm last month, which is almost twice the average rainfall for September. Rainfall of 305.8mm in September is considered average.
But the wettest post-monsoon month in decades, with barely eight rainless days, October produced extremely heavy precipitation due to super cyclone Kyarr. “October’s rainfall of 540.9mm was more than double the average rainfall of September due to the influence of cyclone Kyarr and local convective activity,” Krishnamurty Padgalwar, director, IMD, Panaji said.
The delay in the withdrawal of the southwest also caused rains, which caused great losses to the crops and induced flooding in many parts of Goa.
Rain of more than 280 mm recorded in five days due to Kyarr
The delay in the withdrawal of the monsoon from the southwest also caused rains, which caused large losses to crops and induced flooding in many parts of Goa.
The abundant rain in October of this year was even greater than the rain of September in the past. This year, however, the extremely heavy rains in September threw 699.5 mm, more than double its average of 305.8 mm.
Last year, IMD Panaji had recorded the lowest rainfall of 92.3mm. In September 2012 as well, the rainfall was below-average, at 281.12mm.
During the stormy week that produced heavy rains, when super cyclone Kyarr flew by, about 150 km off the coast of Goa, more than 280 mm of rain was recorded in just five days.