Rainfall uneven across country since June 13

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 13, 2015-

A month into the monsoon season, which accounts for a major share of the annual precipitation, rainfall remains inadequate and unevenly distributed across the country.

Since the arrival of monsoon on June 13, three days late than expected, rainfall activity has been witnessed in most of the places in Far-Western region and some areas of the Mid-Western region with records of more than average amount of rainfall. However, many places in the Eastern and Central regions saw below average rainfall in June and until July 13.

According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD), many meteorological stations in the Far-West and some in the Mid-West recorded more than average rainfall in June with Dhangadi recording 455 millimetres, around 180.27 percent more than normal average of 252.4 millimetres during June, the highest recorded among the 15 stations operated across the country.

Similarly, other meteorological stations in the Far-West—Dadeldhura and Dipayal—along with similar stations in the Mid-West in Birendranagar, Nepalgunj and Jumla recorded above average normal rainfall in the same month. However, among the four stations installed in the Eastern region, only Taplejung recorded above average rainfall of 153.29 percent for June. Stations in Central and Western regions located in Kathmandu, Simara, Pokhara, Dhankuta and Bhairahawa witnessed below average rainfall for the same month.

Until July 13, only Kathmandu and Dipayal, among the 15 meteorological stations operated under the MFD, have recorded rains accouting for 50 percent of the monthly average.

According to Subash Rimal, a meteorologist at the MFD, normally the amount of rainfall in June is more in the Eastern parts of the country from where the rain-bearing four-month long monsoon season begins. But this time, continuous and heavy rainfall were reported in many places in the Far-Western region while the Eastern and Central region saw below average rains so far.

The forecast on Monday states that increased rainfall activity is expected in the Eastern and Central region of the country and will gradually spread towards the Western region by Tuesday evening.

“The rain activity is likely across the nation from Tuesday evening for a couple of days with probability of light to moderate rainfall at some places.

This activity might result in severe thunderstorm in one or two places of the Eastern and Central hilly region,” Rimal said.

Published: 14-07-2015 07:35

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