Mangaluru, Nov 6, 2014: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) cheers that at 310 mm of rainfall since October 1, the city has seen a 50 per cent above-normal rainfall in this period. Mangaluru city is indeed blessed by the God’s but perhaps the water is not so much of use as the authorities have not put in place to conserve and use this precious gift.
Deficient monsoons predicted have practically been forgotten with the ’depression’ weather pattern causing frequent spells of rain in the coastal regions the last few weeks. Dry months of November and December remain the district has recorded near 95% rainfall.
Copious showers rained in September and October, when the district received 650 mm, rain, as against the normal of 550 mm. As such the rainfall over the past two months, was more than 15 per cent above normal.
The delayed monsoon has steadily eroded the early deficits. While the deficit in June was around 40 per cent, in July it was nearly 35 per cent. In September, it fell to 17.5 per cent. Puttur taluk has received the highest rainfall in the district, at 4,014.6 mm, which is the average annual rainfall it receives. While receiving the least rainfall in the district with 2,995.8 mm, Sullia also faces a deficit of more than 14 per cent. Belthangady, which traditionally receives the most rainfall in the district, lags behind by more than 10 per cent this year.
H. Kempe Gowda, Joint Director of Agriculture, Dakshina Kannada, stated that the late rainfall had seen just a marginal decrease in kharif paddy crop sown – from 30,500 hectares last year to 29,542 hectares this year. Moreover, even the late October rain had little impact on the standing crop, other factors too have been fair in this tregion.
Great Expectations: Though the clouds are expected overhead for some more time, IMD predicts dry days ahead. Winds are expected to remain strong, briefly reaching 55 kmph along the coast, said IMD, the coast will see a fall in minimum temperatures. So, that seems great expectation come true here.