After the drought situation last year, the rain gods have answered Maharashtra’s prayers in a big way. This year, between June 1 and September 30, most parts of the state recorded more than the average rainfall. This is the second year since 2009 that the state has recorded excess rainfall.
As far as the rainfall activity elsewhere in the country is concerned, 48 percent of the country recorded excess rainfall while 38 percent received normal rainfall. The average rainfall that the country records from June to September is 886 mm. This year the average was 936.7mm, six percent above normal.
According to Indian Meteorological Department officials, this year the number of low pressure areas in the Bay of Bengal increased and due to this southwest monsoon became active in central parts of the country. As a result there was good rain in Central India.
The last time the state received excess rainfall was in 2010.
This year, Vidarbha region recorded 43 percent excess rainfall, the highest for regions in the state. Other regions like Konkan, Central Maharashtra -- which includes Pune and Nashik -- also received excess rainfall.
The Konkan division, which includes Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, recorded a total 502mm rainfall, which is 20 percent excess.
Central Maharashtra, which includes Pune, Nashik, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur recorded 21 percent excess and a total of 880 mm rainfall till September 30.
Marathwada region, which was facing a drought so far, also got a little more rain than normal. The Marathwada region, which includes Aurangabad, Beed, Hingoli, Jalna, Latur, Nanded, Osmanabad and Parbhani, normally receives 682 mm average rainfall, but this year, these areas of the state recorded 747 mm rainfall.
Even after recording excess rainfall, the monsoon is yet to withdraw from Maharashtra. In fact, according to IMD officials, due to the active system along the coast in the north and near Madhya Pradesh, some parts of the state are likely to receive thundershowers for a couple of days.
This is only second time in five years that Maharashtra has received surplus rainfall. The last time was in 2010
The country as a whole has also received good rainfall this year. Weather officials said that the rainfall this year was six percent above the normal
The officials explained that this was largely due to an increase in the number of low pressure areas in the Bay of Bengal tha resulted in better rain in Central India also.