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Monday, August 1, 2016

It’s raining records in Goa

State, with 87 inches rain in two months, tops chart with highest rainfall; seasonal total is now 12.4 inches above normal

PANJIM: While vast areas of the country are receiving heavy rains leading to flooding, Goa, with 87 inches of rain in two months, tops the chart amongst all States.
As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the coastal State has received almost 12 inches more rain than the normal average.

Rains played havoc in the State over the weekend paralyzing normal life in certain areas. IMD recorded 6.7 inches of rainfall on these two days, making July 31 the wettest day of the month with 3.7 inches of rains. As per IMD, after Goa, Mumbai ranks second with 57 inches of rains since June 1.
The State’s seasonal total has touched 87 inches by now, which is 12.4 inches above normal. “Even as the onset of the southwest monsoon over the coast had been delayed by nearly ten days, it received excess rainfall thereafter,” IMD Goa director V K Mini said.
IMD has predicted heavy showers for the State till August 4 and has warned fishermen not to venture into sea for the next 24 hours owing to rough sea conditions. “Winds will be westerly with speeds of 40 to 45 kmph temporarily reaching 55 kmph in gusts/squall. Sea will be rough with westerly waves. Fishermen are advised not to go out in the sea during the next 24 hours,” she said.
In the last 24 hours, Pernem received the highest amount of rain – 11 cms – followed by Margao that recorded 10 cms of rains. Mapusa and Panjim received 9 cms of rain, while Mormugao, Ponda recorded 7 inches.
For the month of July, Goa recorded 39 inches of rain, which is comparatively lower that the rains in June which recorded 48 inches, which is nearly 30 per cent more than the normal. “In the beginning of July, the southwest monsoon currents had weakened over the coast and hence there were no rains for more than a week,” Mini said. “However, it picked up well in the end,” she added.
The month of June recorded June 21 and June 28 with 6 inches and 4.4 inches of rains respectively as the wettest of the month.

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