Northeast monsoon is a major period of rainfall over south India. The northeast monsoon mainly affects five regions in the southern peninsular- coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and south interior Karnataka, bringing spells of heavy rainfall in these regions.
Tamil Nadu gets about 50 percent of its annual rainfall during the northeast monsoon season. Month of November is the rainiest of all in this season with Chennai receiving a normal of about 350 mm of rain. More than two weeks after the onset of the northeast monsoon, Tamil Nadu is yet to get enough rainfall. The start looks a bit sluggish, but situation is expected to become better in the next few weeks. However, if there is a large deficiency in rainfall within this month, it’ll be hard to make up for later in the season. There has already been an adverse impact on agriculture in the region, to know more about it, click here.
Torrential rains in the last week of October adversely affected life in coastal Andhra districts; however, this northeast monsoon came as a blessing in disguise for the parched Port City of Andhra Pradesh. Vishakhapatnam received its entire 92-day quota of northeast monsoon rainfall by the end of October itself. The southwest monsoons this year failed to bring much rainfall in Vizag. But the northeast monsoon wiped out all probability of any water deficit condition for the ensuing summer of 2014. As per reliable sources, the present water storage in all the sources under the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is sufficient for the inhabitants till August 2014.
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