Northeast monsoon: Kerala receives 85 percent excess rainfall

By Sandeep Sudhakar

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Rain in Kerala | Photo: PP Ratheesh

Kottakkal: Kerala received 85 percent more rainfall during northeast monsoon this year. Though 387.9 millimetres rainfall was expected from October 1 to November 11, the state received 716.8 mm downpour on these days. The rainfall between October 1 and December 31 is considered as the northeast monsoon.

1212.1 mm rainfall has been marked in Pathanamthitta which was the highest in the state. Instead of the expected 464.7 mm rainfall, 161 percent excess rain was received in the district. More than 100 percent rainfall was recorded in Kannur, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Mahe. However, only the presumed rainfall had been reported at Alappuzha and Lakshadweep.

More than 70 percent rain at Malappuram

Instead of the expected 391.3 mm of rainfall, Malappuram received 664.8 mm of rain. More rainfall has been predicted in Malappuram in the upcoming days due to the low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal.

Remains of northeast monsoon

Most of the rain reported in October in the state was the remains of southwest monsoon. The northeast monsoon began only on October 25 and is expected till December 31. The other factors of excessive raining were the low pressures formed in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

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