India - Haryana records 23% more rainfall than normal

29.07.2021
As per the rainfall report from the meteorology department of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University (Hisar), Haryana has reported 26.1mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. A maximum of 67.3mm rainfall was reported in Kaithal, 66.3mm in Kurukshetra, 57.8mm in Ambala, 49.1mm in Karnal, and 45.3mm in Yamunanagar. Dr ML Khichar, head of the agriculture meteorological department at the university, said the overall rainfall recorded in Haryana this season is 235.4mm which is 23% more than the normal 191.4mm. “With persistence of the weather systems, the activity of monsoon is likely to continue over the state till July 31, due to which light to moderate rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at most places in state. There is also the possibility of heavy rain in some places,” he predicted. Waterlogging in many districts Heavy rain on Wednesday led to extensive waterlogging in urban and rural areas of the northern districts in state. Rain water entered many residential colonies in Kurukshetra and Panipat causing traffic jams. Residents of Noorwala Colony in Panipat, and Jogia Basti, Comrade Colony and Subhash Gali in Kurukshetra held protests terming this a failure of the administration and demanded action against officials concerned. Following the protests, authorities swung into action and instructions were issued to pump out water from these localities. The incessant rains also caused waterlogging in Gharaunda, Assandh, Indri and Nissing blocks, Pehowa, Shahbad, Ismailabad blocks in Kurukshetra. Due to rainfall, waterlogging and traffic snarls occurred in Hisar and Rohtak. Heavy rain in Ambala twin towns also lead to waterlogging and brought daily life to a standstill for almost the whole day. The rain started on Tuesday night and continued till Wednesday noon. As per the IMD, it rained 366% more than expected in Ambala. The district received 57.88mm rainfall compared to the expected 12.4mm on the day till 5pm. City MLA Aseem Goel was also seen in knee-deep flooded roads of Police Line with MC commissioner Dhirendra Khadgata. In Yamunanagar, other than the constant rain in divergent locations, Yamuna levels touched 1,59,757 cusec-mark at Hathnikund barrage at around noon after heavy rain in its catchment areas. DC Girish Arora said, “After it touched the 70k mark, an alert was sent to the stakeholders as per protocol. But later, it came down to 1.2 lakh cusec-mark.” Kurukshetra, Karnal farmers fear crop loss Farmers from Assandh and Gharaunda blocks faced problems of waterlogging as their crop was damaged. They said the government should compensate them. “My four acre got damaged and we are left with no other option but to uproot the crop,” said farmer Sandeep Kumar of Gharaunda. Karnal DC Nishant Kumar Yadav said there were reports of crop damage due to waterlogging in some parts of the district. He has written to the government for compensation or immediate relief to the farmers affected by this. However, district agriculture officers of Kurukshetra and Kaithal said no crop damage due to waterlogging is reported yet. ‘Recent rain saved standing paddy’ Rain and cloudy weather revived the standing paddy, cotton, bajra and other crops in Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani and parts of Jind, said experts. Rohtak deputy director (agriculture) Inder Singh said the recent rain in region will be a boon for the standing crop. “The recent rain has saved many standing crops,” he added. In many parts of Bhiwani’s Loharu and Siwani tehsils, farmers were unhappy due to poor monsoon as they could not grow any crop. Balbir Singh Takhan, state secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, said many villages in Siwani tehsil were not able to grow crops this time due to less rainfall. “There is no time to grow crops now. We demand the government to start an assessment and provide compensation to farmers. There is a drought-like situation in many areas,” he added. Source - https://www.hindustantimes.com
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Europe - Around 66,000 ha damaged - 23 million euros in damages

02.07.2021

While Vereinigte Hagelversicherung VVaG reported 30,000 hectares damaged just a few days ago, this figure has more than doubled within a few days. A good 66,000 hectares were registered for regulation from June 18 to 25. This is due to so-called supercells, which came from France through Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria to Austria and the Czech Republic, causing hailstorms over a length of several hundred kilometers. Local heavy rainfall with enormous amounts of rain from so-called "water bombs" and hailstones the size of tennis balls caused damage to almost all crops, often with total losses. On June 22 and again on June 24, the damage area stretched from Lake Starnberg via Munich to Passau. In Baden-Württemberg, the Neckar-Alb region was hardest hit on June 21 and, just two days later, the strip from Freiburg via Reutlingen to Esslingen. A locally intense area of damage extended along the North Sea coast in the Groningen-Norden-Aurich triangle on both the Dutch and German sides of the border. In addition, abroad, the polder areas on the IJsselmeer and the Baltic region were particularly affected. After the first surveys, Vereinigte Hagel now expects damage of about 20 to 23 million euros, a doubling compared to the beginning of last week. Supercells and what they are about - currently no end in sight The background to the now considerably higher damage figures are so-called supercells, which have a much higher damage potential than ordinary thunderstorms due to their rotation and longevity. "Their most important feature is the so-called "mesocyclone," a powerful rotating updraft. It creates a negative pressure on the ground so that, like a vacuum cleaner, warm and energetic air can be constantly sucked in at the ground and reach the upper edge of the troposphere (above 10 km altitude). There the warm air is sucked in and there is also the danger of possible tornadoes. Subsequently, in the area of the sinking cold air, it is not uncommon for extreme downbursts to reach the hurricane range. Over time, supercells develop a momentum of their own that prevents the sinking cold air (as compensation for the rising warm air) from entering the warm air area. Thus, the mesocyclone is fed with warm air for several hours. Due to the longevity and massive power of the rotating updraft, hailstones can be flung into the air several times, growing into large hailstones. From Monday through Thursday, conditions in southern Germany were ideal for these rotating monsters. A warm and humid air mass was stored in the lower atmosphere, so to speak the fuel for the engine of the rotating mesocyclones. In addition, the wind near the ground came from an easterly to northeasterly direction (which favored suction), veered nearly 180° to the southwest up to an altitude of about 5 kilometers, and increased significantly. In short, there was sufficient directional and velocity shear. This is a basic requirement for the formation of rotation in the updraft region and helps to prevent the sinking cold air from reaching the front of the thunderstorm cell." And it's set to continue. The DWD forecasts heavy thunderstorms in the south and southwest of Germany on Monday evening, as well as on Tuesday. Experts prepared for this, because in June or July such weather phenomena are not uncommon, as Vereinigte Hagel knows from almost 200 years of experience. Source - https://www.freshplaza.com

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