August records over 80% rainfall deficit in Kashmir



Srinagar: Like other parts of the country, this August was warmest and there has been over 80 percent rainfall deficit recorded in Kashmir.

The breakup given by the Meteorological Department here reveals that Srinagar recorded 9.2 mm of rainfall in August, a normal deficit of 86 percent.

It was in 1987 when the city recorded 2.7 percent of rainfall in August.

Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded 18.1 mm rainfall with a normal deficit of 80 percent in August.

It was in 2009 when the district recorded a deficit of 80 percent during the month.

The ski resort of Gulmarg received 36.7 mm rainfall with a deficit of 83 percent.

It was in 2009 when the same amount was recorded in the north Kashmir resort.

Kokernag in Anantnag district of south Kashmir recorded 24.1 mm of rainfall with a deficit of 77 percent while it was in 1993 when the area recorded the same rainfall deficit of 77 percent in August.

Pahalgam health resort in Anantnag received 35.9 mm rainfall with a deficit of 73 percent.

It was in 1987 when the area recorded precipitation deficit in the month of August.

Among states, Kerala has had 48 percent deficient rains this season, followed by Manipur and Jharkhand with 46 percent and 37 percent.

On the positive side, Ladakh has seen the highest surplus (169 percent), followed by Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh with 61 percent and 31 percent.

Besides being rainfall deficient, August witnessed severe heat wave conditions.

The heat wave conditions were consistently reported since the beginning of the summer season in Kashmir and the mercury touched 34.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar.

This year, May and June saw early and unprecedented heat conditions across J&K.

May, June, and July months were also very warm.

Though the heat wave over large parts of north and central India is an annual phenomenon in May, the maximum temperatures in areas of Delhi and J&K have been unusually high.

Urban areas like Srinagar recording day temperatures in the 30-40 degrees Celsius range is abnormal and was aggravated by contributions from other local weather, anthropogenic, and man-made factors.

Western Disturbances, which bring rainfall and cloudy skies to J&K and regulate temperatures at this time of the year, have been feeble and lacked sufficient moisture, keeping the temperature high.


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