Sanjeev Kumar Patro

Bhubaneswar: With Odisha witnessing an intense rainfall spell between September 24 and 26, Gopalpur on Thursday has recorded the highest amount of precipitation in the country.

As per the latest rainfall data with IMD, when Gopalpur in Odisha recorded 102.1 mm today, the temple town Puri recorded around 72 mm and the rainfall amount at Chandbali was around 50 mm.  Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have recorded precipitation totalling around 20-22 mm.

But the State as a whole has recorded 14.5 mm rainfall on Thursday, which, however, is 164 per cent more than the average normal rainfall recorded in the State over the years on this date.

The cumulative rainfall the State has received this Monsoon till date (June 1 - September 26) has been 1,184.1 mm that is 4 per cent in excess over the average normal rainfall the State had received over the years.

The big fallout of September rains have been, as many as 27 districts except Balasore, in the State have recorded normal rainfall till date this monsoon. Gajapati, which has witnessed severe dry spell till August, has recorded normal rainfall, and Puri district has received excess precipitation. Koraput is the other district in Odisha that has recorded excess rainfall since August first week.

As per IMD, Odisha will not be experiencing any significant rainfall in the next 3-days (Sept 27-30).

However, an analysis of the inferences of models of IMD and US-based Climate Prediction Centre reveals that places in the districts adjoining Chhattisgarh and districts in southern Odisha will be experiencing thunderstorms accompanied by lightning on Friday (September 27) and Saturday (Sept 28).  The predictions, however, show  Odisha not going to experience any significant rainfall till October 3.