After some very good spell of rain during the first nine days of September, rainfall is on a declining trend in the country now. For instance, 7.3 mm of rain was recorded on the 9th of September against the daily average of 6.8 mm, which slipped to record 5.1 mm on the 10th of September against the daily average of 6.5 mm. On the 11th the rainfall figure was 6 mm against the average of 6.7 mm, which clearly shows that rainfall is decreasing across the country.
However, on the two days (10th and 11th Sept) when rain has been below normal there have been cases of spot heavy rain. Bhira and Dahanu in Maharashtra recorded 112 mm and 121 mm of rain respectively on the 10th of September.
On the 11th, Ratnagiri in Maharashtra recorded 134 mm of rain, while Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh observed 101 mm of rain. This indicates that rain has not dercreased completely but the overall distribution has taken a dip. The last 24 hours suggest that rain will remain below normal in most parts of the country.
Meanwhile, there are some pockets which are absolutely dry. For example Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer in Rajasthan have not witnessed any rain in the last couple of days. Rayalaseema and interior Karnataka are also experiencing similar conditions with Kurnool, Ananthpur, Gadag, Chitradurga and Bangalore observing nil rain.
Tamil Nadu has been absolutely dry. Even the oceanic stations of Minicow, Aminidivi and Port Blair have been recording nil rain. Thiruvananthapuram, Cochi and Kozhikode in Kerala have also been experiencing minimal rain.
The situation in East India isn’t good either with places like Kolkata and Bankura in West Bengal observing nil rain.