River Cauvery is Changing Long Term. Are We Ready?

February 18, 2018 8:57 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

The last week saw Supreme Court pronounce judgement on the Cauvery Dispute which brought possibly will be the start of a formal process to bring an end to a dispute that has been running for many decades.  With the river being a passionate subject not only among the farming community but also the common people of both Tamil Nadu & Karnataka there are always diverging views on how the Supreme Court judgement needs to be viewed. We at Chennai Rains have been highlighting how things have been evolving in the Cauvery Basin over the past year or so with regular [Read More]

Is Urbanization Robbing Coimbatore its Winter?

January 26, 2018 4:51 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

As part of the Long Term Temperature Change series today we focus on Coimbatore to understand how the Winter Temperatures have changed over the years since 1980.  The data which has been used is from the IMD Observatory in Coimbatore Airport (Peelamedu).  Our previous stories in the series covered Chennai & Bengaluru with both places showing some warming trend. When we did the Bengaluru story we never expected another city in South India could be as bad if not worse alas we were proven wrong very early with “The Manchester of South India”.   Situated at an altitude of about 400 mts [Read More]

Winter Temperature Trends for Chennai

January 23, 2018 6:40 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

In the series of understanding long term temperature trends across various cities today we take up Chennai winter temperature trends.  Using the temperature data for the period 1980 to 2016 from the Observatory at Chennai Airport we have tried to infer if there is any learning which we need to take into account.  A couple of days back we did for Bengaluru where a clear indication appeared on possible long term warming of the city in particular to the Winter Months. In the days to come we will try to provide similar analysis for other major cities of the region [Read More]

Vanishing Bengaluru Winters?? – A COMK Analysis

January 21, 2018 10:16 am COMK - Chennai Rains 0

Long term residents of Bengaluru often remark the winters are no more as cool as it used to be in the past.  In the same context people also say the Early Summer has been much more harsh than the good old days as well.  Is there any merit in this argument or could it be an urban myth. We have tried to find answers by doing a little bit of number crunching with the use of Max Temperature & Min. Temperature data for the IMD observatory in Bengaluru for the period 1980 to 2017.  Keeping in mind the unique weather [Read More]