Cherrapunji has been raining extremely heavy over the last four days. The remnant cyclonic circulation of cyclone Amphan is trapped in the northeast region and has been causing heavy rainfall over many parts. Cherrapunji has received 1105mm rainfall in the last four days and thus exceeds Delhi’s annual rainfall of 762mm by a big margin. As the cyclonic circulation persists for a couple of days, the next 48hrs will possibly reach double the amount of Delhi.
Northeast India is the rainiest region of the country during the pre-monsoon season. It rains nearly 15-20 times of the north and central India. Arunachal Pradesh tops the list and Assam & Meghalaya is the closest second. The month of May is the rainiest of all and the second half of the month has the downburst on many days. Cherrapunji is the rainiest place during pre-monsoon and monsoon as well. Last week of May witnesses increased and strong outflow from the Bay of Bengal over the region and Meghalaya sees extremely heavy rainfall in few pockets.
Cherrapunji has an annual rainfall of 11,619mm and the month of May contributes 1314mm. The heaviest rains are in July when the monthly total mounts to 2992mm. Cherrapunji has a moderate elevation of about 4000 feet and undulating terrain. The day temperature in May hovers around 22 degrees and the minimum remains further pleasant at about 16 degrees. Fewer occasions, one may find clouds touching the ground more so during the monsoon. Extremely serene and picturesque location worth a visit anytime around.