Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September 2014 : Rainfall data of Darjeeling and Sikkim and extreme weather events in Kashmir and Assam

In Sept 2014, rainfall in SHWB and Sikkim went deficient again with no major weather system ie depression or cyclone forming in the Bay of Bengal during the month. Consequently there was no major landslide in the area.
Things were very different in Kashmir during the first of the Sept where approx 3000% excess rainfall was recorded at places (see red dots in middle chart), this lead to flooding and landslides on a hitherto unseen scale in the Kashmir valley.
Towards the end of the month, we saw a repeat of this situation in Assam and Meghalaya and excess rainfall exceeding 1500% of normal was seen in some parts of Meghalaya (see red dots in bottom chart)

Praful Rao,
Dist Darjeeling

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