Delhi rains have been lashing the national capital for quite some time. While rains were heavier a day before, there has been slight reduction in rainfall activities.
During the last 24 hours, Safdarjung observatory of Delhi has recorded 38 mm rain and Palam received 68 mm rain. Yesterday the amount of rainfall recorded by Safdarjung was 70 mm and Palam recorded 99 mm.
Between June 1 and July 19, Delhi is rain deficient by just 3%, which was at around 56 percent a few days ago. Delhi has recorded 180.4 mm against the normal of 185.3 mm until July 19. Overnight heavy rainfall has made Delhi rain surplus.
The average rainfall for Delhi in July is 187.3 mm. There are chances of light to moderate rain today as well. Tomorrow and day after, there may be a light isolated a rain spell. Rain may pick up again by July 25 or 26 over Delhi.
By going through the pattern of rain, we can clearly mention that rainy days are decreasing whereas, intense rain activities are on the rise.
Overall rainy days in month of July and may be around 6 or 7. But Delhi has almost completed its monthly share of rainfall. More than twenty days remain dry hot and humid. This is not the case only for Delhi. Most parts of the country are witnessing this type of rain pattern. In the 90s and initial years of 21st century, monsoon rains used to be uniform and well distributed throughout the month.
The impact of climate change and ecological disorder is clearly visible in rainfall pattern during last decade. These intense rains do not benefit farmers or masses as the water go waste and do not help in recharging ground water. These extreme weather events lead to floods and sometimes drought.
Statistically we can say the monsoon is normal for Delhi or any other part of the country or even for country. This uneven distribution of rainfall is a cause of concern.