BANGALORE: Bangalore City received 20 per cent above normal rainfall during the South West monsoon period, according to IMD.
“The total rainfall for the season for Bangalore City was 795.2 mm as against the normal rainfall of 659 mm, which is 20 per cent more. This is due to heavy rains in September which is considered the wettest month,” B Puttanna, Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Bangalore, told Express.
“In September, the city recorded 319mm rainfall as against the normal rainfall of 211.5 mm,” he said.
September indeed proved bountiful for Bangalore as it covered the deficit of June, July and August when only 87mm, 100.9mm and 102.4mm rainfall was recorded as against the normal rainfall of 172 mm, 109.5mm and 141.6mm rainfall respectively. However, the state had received 892 mm rain this monsoon, which was less than last year’s 977 mm. But it was more than the average for the season, which is 832mm, according to IMD.
Only four districts — Bidar, Yadgir, Kolar and Chikballapur — received less rain compared to others and have been termed ‘mild drought-hit’ districts. Majority of the districts have received goods rains.
Puttanna said that 2012 was the worst year as only 684.3 mm rainfall was recorded in the state: minus 18 per cent from normal rainfall, from June to September. “October is considered the second highest rainfall season as depression over the Bay of Bengal could result in rain in south interior Karnataka. The average for this month in those areas is 209.5 mm,” said Puttanna.