Not only monsoon commenced at the desired date on June 15 in Gujarat this year, but by the morning of August 24, the seasonal rainfall crossed the 100% mark. 70 days into the monsoon, Gujarat has already recorded 852 mm of rain against the average annual rainfall of 850 mm.
This is the fastest coverage of seasonal rainfall in the past decade in terms of rain days. Also, it is a reason to rejoice as almost all the regions got enough rainfall in different spells.
The Kutch district has got 55% higher rains than its annual average already, whereas districts in north Gujarat have already received 8% excess seasonal rains.
Manorama Mohanty, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat, said the near-continuous formation of favourable weather systems helped Gujarat receive some of the highest rainfalls in the past few years.
“In terms of two sub-regions of IMD, Kutch and Saurashtra got 52% excess rains so far, whereas the figure for the rest of Gujarat is 32%. With favourable conditions, we expect the rainfall to continue in the state in the coming days,” she said adding that IMD forecast had pointed at normal or above normal rainfall, which proved to be true.
“This year, both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea got
activated during monsoon.
Due to good rains, there’s overall 81.5% water in 207 reservoirs in Gujarat. Sardar Sarovar dam is at 90% of its capacity, whereas 57 are at 100%, 72 at 70-100%, 29 at 50- 70% and 22 at 25-50%. on June 10 heavy rains in Ahmedabad city amounted to the city getting 28% of seasonal rainfall or 219 mm in a night.