Rains let up after crossing seasonal average

During the last seven days, the force of the monsoon has weakened further as the meteorological centre at Altinho recorded less than half an inch of rain till Tuesday morning.

The total seasonal rainfall reached 2,687.4mm (about 107 inches) on Tuesday morning. But after a wet spell during the earlier part of the month when the seasonal landmark of 100 inches was recorded on September 3, the quantum of rainfall has subsided.

The wettest day of the month with 57.6mm rainfall was on September 4 but from the following day onwards the quantum of rainfall decreased sharply.

Barring the highest rainfall on a single day of 57.6mm, the fortnight that followed has produced only 87.9mm (just over 3inches) of rainfall.

"At present, the monsoon is weak and the offshore trough is not active," K V Singh, director, meteorological centre said.

Rainfall is light to moderate and the trend is likely to continue for a few days, he added.

With the rainfall received till September 30 considered as seasonal, the seasonal average of 2,586.3mm for the entire monsoon season (June-September) was crossed on September 4, 2012. [TOI]