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MAHABALESHWAR – WETTEST SPOT

  Jun 06, 2020

MAHABALESHWAR – WETTEST SPOT

Which place received the maximum rainfall this monsoon?

The hill station in Maharashtra received 7,175.4mm rain from June 1 to September 4 as recorded by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

How does it receive so much rainfall?

The moisture from Arabian Sea brings heavy rainfall to Mahabaleshwar. The moisture content in the winds was also huge due to weather conditions like monsoon lows, unique position of the upper air cyclonic circulation and offshore trough. Thus heavy rainfall in the windward side of the Western Ghats.

Which was the wettest land on Earth before Mahabaleshwar?

Mawsynram in Meghalaya's Cherrapunji is considered to be the wettest place on earth as per Guinness World Record. Cherapunji has held the record as the wettest land location on Earth, with an average annual rainfall of 11,872 mm that is more than 10 times India’s average rainfall (of 1,083 mm).

How does it receive so much rainfall?

Cherrapunji receives heavy rainfall as the moisture from the Bay of Bengal condenses over the Khasi Hills. It is located in a funnel shaped region formed by the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills. The clouds travel over the plains of Bangladesh and collide with Khasi hills.

Why are such extreme events happening in India?

Due to climate change and global warming. Attributed to increase in temperature, the moisture holding capacity of the atmosphere increases.

How does it receive so much rainfall?

Cherrapunji receives heavy rainfall as the moisture from the Bay of Bengal condenses over the Khasi Hills. It is located in a funnel shaped region formed by the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills. The clouds travel over the plains of Bangladesh and collide with Khasi hills.


Why are such extreme events happening in India?

Due to climate change and global warming. Attributed to increase in temperature, the moisture holding capacity of the atmosphere increases. If there is a one-degree increase, the moisture holding capacity increases manyfold. And areas already prone to high rainfall get higher rainfall.

Important Points to Remember:

1) Maharashtra has received heavy rainfall with Kadegaon receiving 293 mm, Shirala 326 mm, Walva Islampur 185 mm and Miraj 132.4 mm of rainfall. Resulted in floods in many cities.

2) A number of states, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and areas in the Konkan region have witnessed torrential rainfall this monsoon.