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Cherrapunji scores triple century rainfall, extremely heavy spell ahead

June 27, 2020 10:27 PM |
Cherrapunji rains

Cherrapunji has been raining heavily for the last three days. The city recorded 356mm rainfall on June 24th, the heaviest of this season so far, and another bash of 214 mm on the 25th June. The picturesque town had earlier been deluged with 110 mm on June 06th and 243 mm on 18th June. The total for this month stands at 1774 mm against the monthly normal of 2512 mm.

Cherrapunji has a modest elevation of 4000 feet and is the rainiest location during the monsoon. Annually it receives nearly 12,000 mm of rain, with July being the rainiest of all (2992 mm). With the sloping features of the city, water drains out fast and so rarely gets waterlogged. Practically it rains every day during the monsoon season. The hilltops generally remained covered with the clouds to present a serene look.

Weather conditions are building up for the city to have extremely heavy rains during the next 4 days.  The monsoon trough is shifting along the foothills to run across Sub Himalayan West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya during this period. Flooding rains are likely over the entire region in general and for Cherrapunji in particular.  Moderate rains will continue even thereafter promising pleasant weather conditions with overcast skies and gentle breeze.

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