PANAJI: The Goa meteorological observatory on Saturday recorded the total seasonal rainfall in the state since June 1, 2014 as 2548.1 mm (100.31 inches), with the rain crossing the 100-inch mark.
Last year, the rain had completed its century in inches on September 18. This year, the 978.6 mm (38.52 inches) rainfall experienced by the state in the month of August, especially the very heavy spell witnessed during the last week of the month, increased the speed with which the rainfall in the city touched the 100-inch mark.
Although the seasonal rain in the capital city touched 100 inch mark on Saturday, many other talukas such as Sattari (3870.7 mm), Sanguem (3772.2 mm), Salcete (3327 mm) and Canacona (3149.9 mm) among others have already crossed this mark, last month. The rainfall in talukas such as Bardez (2528.6 mm) and Mormugao (2343.6 mm) is yet to touch the 100-inch mark.
Meanwhile, the city experienced heavy showers of rain Saturday evening, thus substantially bringing down the maximum temperature of 31.3°C as experienced by it during noon.
The observatory forecasts heavy rainfall occurring at isolated places in Goa during next three days. It further predicts that winds would be west southwesterly, with speed of 45 to 50 kmph, temporarily reaching 55 Kmph in gust.
“The sea will be rough with West Southwesterly waves and fishermen are advised not to venture in the sea during next 24 hours,” it warns.
The forecast also states that rain/thundershowers would occur at many places over roads/ highways of Goa. The observatory further recorded total seasonal rainfall of 2883 mm (113.50 inches) in North Goa, and total seasonal rainfall of 2905 mm (114.37 inches) in South Goa since June 1, 2014. The average rainfall in Goa, this season, stands at 2894 mm (113.93 inches).
The observatory maintains that the southwest monsoon was active in Goa on September 4, 5 and 7, while weak on September 8, 9 and 10.
“Rain occurred at most places in Goa from September 4 to 7, at many places on September 10 and at a few places on September 8 and 9,” it added.
“Last week’s offshore trough ran from South Gujarat coast to Kerala coast – throughout the week – except on September 8. On September 8, it ran from Karnataka coast to Kerala coast. A well marked low pressure area formed over North Bay of Bengal with associated upper air cycle extending up to mid tropospheric levels on September 6, it lay over Odisha and adjoining areas on September 7, over Madhya Pradesh on September 8 and over West Madhya Pradesh on September 9,” the observatory stated.