Fairly Widespread Rains lash North Coastal Tamil Nadu

July 12, 2017 7:56 am COMK - Chennai Rains 68

Yesterday saw North Coastal Tamil Nadu record fairly widespread rains as expected by models.  The districts of Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai & Chennai saw the bulk of rains with some heavy duty thunderstorms hitting Chennai & its suburbs at the stroke of midnight bringing intense rainfall with it.  Yesterday once again confirms the old theory during break monsoon period the Southeast Coast enjoys its best convective thunderstorm spells. While among the IMD stations the airport observatory at Meenambakkam recorded the highest of 54 mm with available data the city observatory recorded only 17 mm till 5:30 in the morning.  The better [Read More]

North Tamil Nadu to see evening thunderstorms light up

July 11, 2017 3:49 am COMK - Chennai Rains 161

After a very active Sunday when intense rains lashed Chennai and many places surrounding it the expectations run high for rainfall from the citizens.  While Monday saw some isolated rains happen in North Coastal Tamil Nadu the rain bands though went to the south of Chennai with parts of Kanchipuram enjoying these evening thunderstorms.  Similarly South Tamil Nadu saw some isolated thunderstorms in the Ramanathapuram to Delta stretch. Though the remnant thunderstorms hung till the morning yesterday the day was quite hot in most places of North Tamil Nadu with Vellore, Trichy & Madurai recording above 39°C.  A similar hot [Read More]

Chennai gets heaviest spell of rains since Cyclone Vardah

July 10, 2017 6:53 am COMK - Chennai Rains 107

Intense thunderstorms lashed many parts of Chennai as it got the heaviest spell of rains in more than 6 months, to be precise since the day of Cyclone Vardah landfall, with many places seeing intense cloudburst type conditions.  While Meenambakkam already recorded a day of 5 cms on 6th July the city observatory continued to miss the heaviest thunderstorms so far this season.  As though wanting to make up the entire deficit in an hour nearly 6 cms of rains fell in less than an hour over Nungambakkam and surrounding areas. The good thing about yesterday’s rains were some high [Read More]

Evening thunderstorms likely over North Tamil Nadu

July 9, 2017 7:21 am COMK - Chennai Rains 233

As Southwest Monsoon continues to be weak over West Coast of India, parts of Tamil Nadu have been receiving convective evening thunderstorms.  On the one hand while most Chennaites look forward to getting a spell or two of these thunderstorms in order to replenish the ground water resources locally one should keep in mind the probability of convective thunderstorms improve when the monsoon goes through the break period and remain weak over the west coast. Officially now we are in the break monsoon period with the standardized rainfall anomaly over the core monsoon area falling below -1 for three consecutive [Read More]