Sunday, February 5, 2023

NE records lowest rainfall in 122 years

North East India has registered a 44% deficit in rainfall for the month of July, even as the rest of the country has received ample rains, a DownToEarth report said citing the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
North East recorded 234.6 mm of rain during the month of July. This is reportedly the lowest since 1901. The average expected rainfall for the North East is 424.1 mm. India recorded 327.7 mm of rainfall, about 17% more than its long period average (LPA), till July 2022.
LPA of rainfall is recorded over a particular region for a given interval (like month or season) averaged over a long period like 30 years, 50 years, etc, according to IMD. The average normal rainfall for the country is 280.5 mm.
The average minimum temperature for India also peaked at 25.4oC since 1901, breaking the previous record of 25.25oC in 1942. The IMD report stated that the average maximum temperature in east and NE was the highest in 122 years, with 33.75oC breaking the earlier record of 32.66oC recorded in 2009 for the month of July.

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