September 28, 2015
The Agro Climate Research Centre in the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University has predicted that rains would continue till Tuesday in Coimbatore even as most of the places in the city received heavy showers of rain on Monday evening.
The city, which had previously received heavy rains on Sunday evening, further received a considerable level on Monday.
S. Panneerselvam, Head and Professor of the Department of Meteorology at TNAU, said that as much as 20mm rain is expected respectively on Monday and Tuesday. “We received 16mm rain on Sunday and predicted 20m for Monday,” he said.
However, Panneerselvam stated that the rainfall was lower than expected on Monday as it had been for the entire South West Monsoon.
“As much as 210 mm of rain was expected this monsoon which lasts till the September 30. Yet, we received less from the start of June till date. We still have two days left,” he said.
He further added that the region received as much as 218 mm in 2014 and 150 in 2013. Adding that the rain deficit is normal and not an effect of global climate change, Pannerselvam said that such a deficit is normal and happens once in every ten years.
“We had predicted that 19 districts including Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Nilgris and Ariyalur would receive normal rainfall, six districts including Coimbatore, Theni, Erode and Tirupur would receive near normal rainfall with a 20 per cent deficit and other districts including Virudhunagar and Tuticorin would receive lesser rainfall with up to 30 per cent deficit,” he informed.
However, Panneerselvam assured that the North East Monsoon which was to follow the South West Monsoon is expected to be good.