Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Update September 11, 2013 - Thunderstorms?

As this post is being written, sounds of distant thunder can be heard. The skies are heavily overcast here in Margao since last two days, but very little rainfall. However some other parts of Goa have recorded higher rainfall:

Rainfall in Goa in 24 Hrs ending 08:30 hrs on September 11, 2013:



S.No.
Rainguage
Station
24 Hrs
Rainfall (mm)
Seasonal Total (mm) w.e.f  01st June
1
         Mapusa
002.8
2597.8
2
                Pernem   
 008.2
 3041.6
       3
       Ponda
004.1
3297.9
4
         Panaji
000.2
2462.3
5Ela (Old Goa)000.02901.9
6Sankhali002.23484.4
7
    Valpoi
Trace
4588.0
       8
         Canacona
080.8
  2695.4
9
          Dabolim
024.0
 2378.4
10
         Margao
005.4
2943.1
11
         Mormugao
048.2
2343.1
12
     Quepem
002.2
 2887.7
13
Sanguem
006.0
3783.3



The UAC from east which was expected to enter Arabian Sea through Goa, took a northward route and entered the Arabian Sea through south Konkan, thus sparing / depriving -depending on how you look at it!- Goa of heavy rains! Only Canacona, and areas around Vasco da Gama received heavy rainfall, as seen in the table above.

Panaji is still 3 inches short of reaching the century mark, while Margao has received 116 inches and Valpoi 181 inches.


The second half of September is expected to be wetter than the first half, as the trough on the west coast has become active again.

In the meantime, whenever skies clear Cumulus, Stratus, Altocumulus and Cirrus clouds put on a fantastic array of figures and colourful displays, so typical of September skies in Goa.

Dr Nandkumat Kamat, the noted scientist, sends in a particular formation of Altocumulus clouds, with which his 7 year old son Nachiketas, was so taken up, that he named it as 'Devachim Botam' - God's Fingers.

 
 
The CloudSpotter's Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, classifies these types of clouds as the 'mamma' cloud formation, named after Latin for 'Breasts', which appear on the underside of different cloud types and often look like a field of udders!
 
More than half of September is still to come, who knows what you'll be able to see in the skies?!
 



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