The last two days has seen intense debate on the latest Southwest Monsoon Forecast 2015 put out by IMD. IMD has warned this year’s Southwest Monsoon could be as low as 88% of Long term Average which effectively means we are staring at a potential second successive drought. Compare this against the stand taken by India’s only Private Weather Forecaster, SkyMet, who are sticking to their original forecast of 102% Rainfall of Long Term Average. So Who is Right?
After playing hide and seek for a couple of days the rains finally happened last evening though it was far too isolated to provide comfort to all of us. Places to the North & West of Chennai got the heaviest rains. Poonamallee to our west got about 30 mm rains while the Weather Station at Nungambakkam got only 1 mm. The weather station near Marina fared better by getting about 3 mm.
Yesterday Chennai under the influence saw cloudy weather right through with on and off spells of rains in a few areas. The temperature did not go through beyond 31 degrees and was pleasant right through, a welcome relief from Summer.
The Advent of June is a new season for India, the Southwest Monsoon season, World’s most anticipated Weather Event. Chennai though does not get directly impacted by this monsoon, being a rain shadow region, but gets widely impacted by the Thunderstorms that get triggered by the travelling moisture from the West Coast under unstable conditions,