Cauvery Basin – Time to look forward & Act

July 11, 2018 7:26 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

The last few days have been very good for Cauvery Basin with good rains in the catchment areas of Kodagu & Wayanad contributing to some heavy inflows into Cauvery & Kabini respectively making the overall Cauvery Basin swell.  After nearly 5 years we could possibly see all the major reservoirs in the basin reach Full Reservoir Level (FRL).  August 2013 was the last time the two flagship reservoirs of Karnataka & Tamil Nadu, KRS & Stanley Reservoir, reach Full Reservoir level on the back of a strong monsoon performance during middle of August. Numerical models are consistently indicating an active [Read More]

Cauvery Basin – Cautious Optimism Needed

June 25, 2018 8:16 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

After two bad years Cauvery Basin has seen a strong start this year on the back of an early Monsoon Onset over Peninsular India.  As a matter of fact the current year’s storage levels are the highest this decade for this time of the year.  At nearly 60 TMC the storage at Karnataka dams has already crossed 55% of the overall storage capacity.  The early monsoon surge has certainly helped the storage levels in Hemavathi Gorur dam which is inching close to 20 TMC. Yes the strong start has ensured the storage levels are the highest in many years which [Read More]

Southwest Monsoon badly Needs Momentum

June 23, 2018 7:22 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

Weather observers regularly explain there is no connection between early onset of Southwest Monsoon and its performance for the season.  Many a year despite delayed onset the overall performance of Southwest Monsoon has been relatively good.  2018 seem is currently gasping for breath despite an early fairly strong Monsoon Onset over Kerala. Since 9th June the Monsoon has stalled over the West Coast while over the other side of the Indian Sub Continent in East India it has remained stationary since 12th June.  While stalls are not uncommon with past years showing the monsoon more than makes up the slow [Read More]

Karnataka on a comfortable wicket without Cauvery Management Board

April 9, 2018 8:39 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

On a day when the Supreme Court is expected to hear on the Cauvery Issue Petitions filed by Tamil Nadu & Union Government we try to understand why Karnataka has been vehemently opposing the formation of Cauvery Management Board as a permanent solution to the dispute.  On the one hand a lot of emotional outburst about how Karnataka does not part with water at all while the view point on the other side is water can be provided after satisfying domestic needs. Through this post we try to find answers for the following questions through historical flow data between 1974 [Read More]