Bangalore, October 13: The colossal arms of cyclone Hudhud may have spared Karnataka, but three other weather systems in the Bay of Bengal have bumped up this month’s rainfall to a record high in Bangalore.
We are not even halfway through October, but rainfall so far — at 215 mm — has exceeded the entire month’s average quota of 170 mm by a wide margin. This makes it the wettest October in nine years, exceeded only by a whopping 606 mm recorded in October 2005.
The rainy spell this past fortnight owed to three successive systems of cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal, said director of Bangalore Meteorological Centre B. Puttanna. After a couple days of a “lull”, the met centre forecasts more rain in the city, this time from the northeast monsoon, he said.
NE monsoon soon
“By October 15, we can expect rain from the northeast monsoon and perhaps also from new cyclones that are common during this season in the Bay of Bengal.” Hudhud, although a massive 500 km in diameter, was moving northwest-wards and could not have possibly impacted Karnataka, he added.
Several other parts of southern Karnataka have been inundated over the last week. On Sunday, parts of Udupi received 60 mm rainfall while parts of Mandya recorded 50 mm.