Cherrapunji: Meghalaya’s Mawsynram, the wettest place in India, received a whopping 1003.6 mm of precipitation in 24 hours on Friday.
This is the highest precipitation ever on a day in June. Cherrapunji, also one of the wettest places in the world located at an aerial distance of 10 km from Mawsynram, also witnessed the highest rainfall in June, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Cherrapunji received 972 mm of rainfall, the highest in June since 1995 and the third highest in 122 years.
“Mawsynram is at present the wettest place in India, with an average annual rainfall of 11802.4 mm (average of the 1974-2022 period). Cherrapunji receives 11359.4 mm of rainfall in a year (average of the 1971-2020 period),” Sunit Das, Scientist E at IMD’s regional centre in Guwahati, said, news agency PTI quoted. According to the IMD data, Mawsynram had recorded 944.7 mm of precipitation on June 7, 1966.
It doesn’t always rain like this: IMD scientist
Cherrapunji has recorded more than 800 mm of precipitation on a day in June on eight occasions since the IMD started maintaining weather records in 1901. On June 16, 1995, Cherrapunji logged 1563.3 mm of rainfall. “It doesn’t always rain like this. 50-60 cm is normal once or twice every year. But 80 cm and above is certainly not usual… A trough has been persisting over the region for some days and southwesterly winds have been continuously bringing a lot of moisture from the Bay of Bengal. These winds smash against the cliffs of the Khasi hills and give rainfall,” Das told the agency.
The area has been receiving heavy rainfall over the past few days. Cherrapunji recorded 673.6 mm of rainfall on Thursday, 811.6 mm on Wednesday, 62.6 mm on Tuesday, 293 mm on Monday and 354 mm on Sunday – PTI reported citing IMD data. The weather department has also issued a red alert, meaning a ‘very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall’ in Meghalaya and Assam for the next two days.”A trough at mean sea level runs from northwest Uttar Pradesh to Manipur across Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, and Sikkim and Assam. Moisture incursion is very likely to continue due to strong lower-level southerly/southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal during June 17-20,” an IMD bulletin read.