If hailstorm and snow in Andhra Pradesh, highest rainfall in 71 years in Delhi and coldest winter in north India in last 45 years was not enough, then another extremely rare incident has been added to the list of unusual weather events in the year 2013. This time it’s the rainfall in south India. Skymet Weather confirmed that in the last 24 hours, 99.8mm of rain was recorded in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu that amounts to the highest rainfall ever recorded in city. Forecasters say that this heavy rain occurred in the midnight to early morning hours.
In the last few days Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu had been witnessing very hot weather with temperatures going as high as 36⁰C and 23⁰C (on Feb 17). Whereas the maximum temperatures in Coimbatore for the month of February were continuously being recorded between 31⁰C to 34⁰C. Mahesh Palawat, Head of the weather forecasting team at Skymet Weather, says “It is this hot weather and high temperatures in the last few days that could have led to a sudden formation of convective clouds in the region, thus giving such heavy rain.”
“This sudden and bad weather has swept away crops in villages”, says Dr. NVK Chakravarty. Agriculturists and scientists at Skymet tells us that the rice, millet and grape crop has been badly affected due to this unusual rain in Tamil Nadu as most of these crops are in their irrigation or harvesting stage.
This unprecedented weather brought unusual rain to not just Coimbatore, but also Tondi district in Tamil Nadu where 93.9mm of rain was recorded in the last 24 hours.
The last time so much rain was recorded in Coimbatore, was on 25th of February 2000, when 61.4mm of rain lashed the entire city causing major traffic snarls and devastation to crops and life. The average rainfall in Coimbatore city in the month of February is a mere 13mm, whereas Tamil Nadu’s average rainfall for the January and February month is 22.1mm. Weather forecasters at Skymet say that the figures may go up as more rainfall is expected in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadeep in the next 24 to 48 hours.