While entire country enjoying positive rainfall, Darjeeling hills is at deficit

While entire country enjoying positive rainfall, Darjeeling hills is at deficit
Like almost all other parts of the country, West Bengal is also witnessing a grossly altered positive rainfall pattern during lockdown period. But sandwitched between Sikkim and plains of Bengal, world's finest tea producing region and usual heavy rainfall zone Darjeeling hills is at noticeable deficit.

"Rainfall deficit of 20% for Darjeeling hills during 1st march to 30th April is significant. While Sikkim in the north of it has received 35% higher than its long term normal level of rainfall, Bengal's north Dinajpore district in south has had 600% higher rainfall over its normal level," said Gopinath Raha, expert in Indian Meteorology Department.

"This is important. We are keeping watch on the rainfall trend," said veteran planter K. K. Mintri.

As per GoI meteorological statistics, two adjacent hilly districts Darjeeling and Kalimpong put together has had 128mm rainfall against its normal of 160mm. But for Sikkim, the actual rainfall remained 497mm against normal 367 mm and North Dinajpore district on the other side, had 218mm with a 600% jump over its normal 31mm. In entire West Bengal, 11 districts have recorded more than 60% higher than normal rainfall while Two are within 20% to 59% excess level.

For entire country, 61% of the districts have recorded above 60% rainfall for the period while 8% and 11% are at 20% and normal level respectively. Only 7% districts are at more than 60% deficit while 2% only had no rainfall at all.

"Beside heavy volume, the distribution of rainfall also remained very favourable even in this thunderstorm activity period. Incidents of very short lived or small area heavy rainfall remained very less. Lower than usual and less fluctuating temperature at almost all the places could be a reason behind this uniform distribution. This combination of high volume and smooth distribution of rainfall is bound to impact our agricultural output in positive way," said Mr. Raha.

Weather enthusiasts, sky watchers and many other experts attributed credit behind this low temperature, higher rainfall and lack of fluctuation in both to the gross reduction in fossil fuel emission due to ongoing lockdown. "Not everything went wrong with this lockdown," they said.
Like almost all other parts of the country, West Bengal is also witnessing a grossly altered positive rainfall pattern during lockdown period. But sandwitched between Sikkim and plains of Bengal, world's finest tea producing region and usual heavy rainfall zone Darjeeling hills is at noticeable deficit.

"Rainfall deficit of 20% for Darjeeling hills during 1st march to 30th April is significant. While Sikkim in the north of it has received 35% higher than its long term normal level of rainfall, Bengal's north Dinajpore district in south has had 600% higher rainfall over its normal level," said Gopinath Raha, expert in Indian Meteorology Department.

"This is important. We are keeping watch on the rainfall trend," said veteran planter K. K. Mintri.

As per GoI meteorological statistics, two adjacent hilly districts Darjeeling and Kalimpong put together has had 128mm rainfall against its normal of 160mm. But for Sikkim, the actual rainfall remained 497mm against normal 367 mm and North Dinajpore district on the other side, had 218mm with a 600% jump over its normal 31mm. In entire West Bengal, 11 districts have recorded more than 60% higher than normal rainfall while Two are within 20% to 59% excess level.

For entire country, 61% of the districts have recorded above 60% rainfall for the period while 8% and 11% are at 20% and normal level respectively. Only 7% districts are at more than 60% deficit while 2% only had no rainfall at all.

"Beside heavy volume, the distribution of rainfall also remained very favourable even in this thunderstorm activity period. Incidents of very short lived or small area heavy rainfall remained very less. Lower than usual and less fluctuating temperature at almost all the places could be a reason behind this uniform distribution. This combination of high volume and smooth distribution of rainfall is bound to impact our agricultural output in positive way," said Mr. Raha.

Weather enthusiasts, sky watchers and many other experts attributed credit behind this low temperature, higher rainfall and lack of fluctuation in both to the gross reduction in fossil fuel emission due to ongoing lockdown. "Not everything went wrong with this lockdown," they said. 
 
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Like almost all other parts of the country, West Bengal is also witnessing a grossly altered positive rainfall pattern during lockdown period. But sandwitched between Sikkim and plains of Bengal, world's finest tea producing region and usual heavy rainfall zone Darjeeling hills is at noticeable deficit.

"Rainfall deficit of 20% for Darjeeling hills during 1st march to 30th April is significant. While Sikkim in the north of it has received 35% higher than its long term normal level of ra ..

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Like almost all other parts of the country, West Bengal is also witnessing a grossly altered positive rainfall pattern during lockdown period. But sandwitched between Sikkim and plains of Bengal, world's finest tea producing region and usual heavy rainfall zone Darjeeling hills

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