Goa’s wettest winter was in 2021

In 2021, Goa experienced its wettest winter in comparison to the last 30 years. This happened in spite of the fact that this was Goa’s warmest January in three decades.

India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji, noted that the average rainfall was 29.7mm for January and February. In the winter of 2010, the highest rainfall was 28.3mm. Winter rainfalls aren’t that infrequent. In fact, from the year 1990 till now it has rained for thirteen winter seasons. “For most years, apart from 2021, 2013, and 2010, the cumulative winter rainfall is not significant, as compared to the four-month monsoon total, which is more than 2,500mm, on an average,” said Rahul M, scientist, IMD Panaji.

However, what surprised scientists were February 2021’s hailstorms, vertical cloud formation, and thunderstorms. “Usually, the winter months are driest and cloud-free, especially over Goa. But this year, we had even hailstones, which form only in vertically developing clouds up to 10km in height from mean sea level in several parts of Goa,” said retired meteorologist and chief scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, M R Ramesh Kumar.

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