Thursday, October 6, 2022

NE region to start September on wet note

For most North Eastern states, a drier-than-usual August resulted in their monsoon rainfall statistics falling below the seasonal average. But now, the recuperation process looks set to kick off immediately, with the region expected to begin September on a very wet note.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains, along with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm), thunderstorms and lightning across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during the next five days — from September 1-5.
Similar conditions are also to be expected across the adjoining subdivision of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal (SHWB) and Sikkim during this five-day forecast period. Furthermore, isolated very heavy showers (115.5 mm-204 mm) are also likely to lash SHWB and Sikkim from Thursday to Saturday (September 1-3) and Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya on Friday and Saturday (September 2-3).
On the other hand, the seven northeastern sister states will all remain on a yellow watch for the next five days, although the alert level may get upgraded if the weather intensifies.
No early withdrawal of monsoon: The southwest monsoon is set to make its exit in style, bringing rains to the parched parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as weather forecasters have picked up signs of formation of a cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal.
Addressing a press conference here, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Thursday junked last week’s forecast of early withdrawal of southwest monsoon and announced the extended stay of the seasonal showers.
“Even though we expected early withdrawal of the southwest monsoon, a cyclonic circulation over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal will shift the monsoon trough southwards around September 7. This will increase rainfall activity over central and north peninsular India,” Mohapatra said.
“Hence, conditions are not favourable for early withdrawal of monsoon,” he said, adding that the weather office will continue to monitor the situation.
On August 25, the weather office had predicted an early withdrawal of southwest monsoon against the normal date of September 17.