Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A first hand Experience of "Vardah" from Chennai....by Vagarian Pradeep John.

Historic winds speeds in entire Chennai and massive deluge rains in South Chennai - A fearful memory of Cyclone Vardah to remain for lifetime
Atlast power is back in Anna Ngar West. Sorry to all, i could not continue to post yesterday after the Cyclone landfall as my battery drained out and then the network was down. 2nd time in my life i had witnessed Cyclone's fury and maybe as i grow old i will forget the 1st one in 1994, but this one i will not. I dont know exactly how much damage this has caused in terms of loss of life or assets. It was really scary even to me who has dreamt of seeing a landfall like this for 20 years. I know lot of lives are affected (direct or indirectly), its not my wish to see joy in others sufferings. I am a pluviophile, its in my heart and mind waiting to witness a event like this. Coming to rains, the worst are over. Dont believe in Rumours that next cyclone is coming. Next one will probably be Low Pressure Area (max) or in the worst case a Depression. We need more rains. Vardah has brought much needed inflow into the Chennai lakes but we need more. For Official wind speeds of Cyclone Vardah we have to wait for some more time. IMD Chennai HWSR recorded 110 km/hr while the pressure drop was huge at 975 mb. Based on pressure, it seems cyclone has made landfall as Very Severe Cyclonic storm itself. The rainfall particularly, the southern Chennai people would not the rains accompanied with winds in life time. In few hours Shollingallur - Guduvanchery - Kancheepuram belt recorded over 300 mm rainfall, this is one scary rainfall happened in South Chennai and add to that the winds, South Chennai will not forget the intensity of rains from the Eyewall bands of Cyclone Vardah so soon. See the precipitation accumulation. Widespread rains and very intense in south Chennai belt. Vellore too got good rains along with Tiruvannmalai boundary areas while Krishnagiri district got some heavy spell too.

Rain amounts from Vardah in mm (min 100 mm)

Sathyabama University (Shollinganallur) - 382
Katupakkam (Near SRM University) - 341
Vembakkam (near Kancheepuram) - 333,Kancheepuram - 280
Korattur Anaicut - 220,Chembarabakkam Lake - 210
Kalavai - 231,Chennai Airport - 203
Sriperumbudur - 170,Taramani - 165
Yercaud - 154 ,Alangayam - 150 
Tambaram - 140 ,Chennai City - 119
Thiruvalangadu - 118 ,Anjatti - 115 
Cholavaram - 110 ,Vellore - 108
Tiruvallur - 107 ,Red hills Lake - 106 
Cheyyar - 106,Ambur - 103 ,Avadi - 103
Chengalpattu - 102 ,Kandhili - 102
Poonamalle - 101 ,Kaveripakkam - 100 
Tiruttani - 100 ,Arani - 100 ,DGP Office - 100.

Rainfall from VSCS Vardah compiled by Vagarian Praneeth :

Thanks to both.

Estimate for 14th and 15th December:
Light rain is likely to occur in Goa and parts of South Konkan on Wednesday and Thursday. Light thunder showers likely in Coastal Karnataka also,


Atul P Naik said...

Thanks Pradeep for your account of Cyclone Vardah. It must have been one scary experience but at the same time a lifetime opportunity for a dedicated meteorologist like you! Please keep us posted regularly!

Cheenai is hosting Half Ironman Trialthon on Saturday 17th. A friend from Goa who has registered to participate, wants to know of the forecast for Saturday 17th as regards Rains, winds, humidity and cloud cover. Can you help, please? Thanks in advance!


Narayanan chennai said...

Very nicely article by pradeep captures his moment of life experience on vardha's fury...!!

Narayanan chennai said...

Atul: Weather is sunny in chennai until next easterly wave approaches rain may not occur.

sset said...

2016 situation is so bad for south India - failure of SWM + NEM. If not cyclone from where will water come? We just need to accept as blessings by GOD. Hope TN governments performs tree plantation of native species immediately to replace many trees fallen due to cyclone.

Unknown said...

What are the lake levels in Chennai after Vardah

Abhijit Modak said...

Cyclone Vardah remnant which drifted in Arabian Sea as Low pressure produced sudden brief spell of moderate to heavy rain with thick drops for 5 mins and drizzling to light rain for 10mins in Badlapur between 8pm to 8.30pm period. :)

Cumulus arjun said...

Yesterday evening was cloudy but no rain in Goregaon Mumbai

Cumulus arjun said...

Abhijit sir, can you tell the rainfall mm showed by your rain gauge at your place(badlapur)?

Rohit Aroskar said...

Wonderful article by Pradeep capturing the nature's fury

Abhijit Modak said...

Hi Arjun, First of all no sir please.. We all are weather enthusiast & learning it daily from one and only Rajesh Sir.

Badlapur recorded 3mm rainfall yesterday in 15mins spell.

Btw are you on Facebook ? If yes then what is your FB account name ? As we have our Vagaries group on FB as well, where Vagarians are active from most part of India with on goining weather event discussions.. So would be happy to see you there also. :)

Cumulus arjun said...

No I don't have Facebook account but planning to have one :))

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