News

Coastal Kerala waters heat up, spawn rain-bearing clouds

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on April 07, 2020 Published on April 07, 2020

File Photo   -  The Hindu

Rainfall likely along Kerala coast over the next 10 days

Massive convection over the boiling waters of the South-East Arabian Sea off Kerala and coastal Karnataka set up rain-bearing clouds along the coast right from Tuesday morning. Westerly winds from here were seen pushing the clouds into the east to the ghat areas of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Southern flanks of the wind bands circled around Kanyakumari to fan back into coastal and interior Tamil Nadu and converge into the westerlies. These could produce heavy thunderstorms, rain, lightning, and high winds over a good part of the South Peninsula into the evening.

Cloud cover

The clouds extended from Murdeshwar in coastal Karnataka right down across the Karnataka and Kerala coasts to Thiruvananthapuram. Even more convection was in the making over the waters around the Lakshadweep Islands, as revealed by satellite maps.

The Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirunelveli airports reported cloudy conditions while it was overcast at Kannur, Mysuru, Coimbatore, Kozhikode, and Kochi. Cloudy conditions mean at least 50 per cent of the sky will be covered by clouds — or, more clouds than sunshine. Mostly cloudy means a cloud cover of 80-90 per cent. Overcast means that almost the entire sky over a region is covered.

Kerala coast

Over the next 10-day-period, the heaviest rainfall from convection (process of cloud-building as evaporation intensifies over the sea waters) is forecast to fall mainly along the Kerala coast. Progressively less intense rain may spread out to the rest of the South Peninsula (Karnataka and Tamil Nadu). An outlook from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, however, indicated that coastal Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, may not benefit much.

An India Meteorological Department outlook said that the convergence of winds along a North-South corridor will generate a string of thunderstorms, triggering scattered rain/thundershowers, lightning and gusty winds over the South Peninsula, East and Central India during the next three days. Isolated heavy rain was forecast over north Kerala and south interior Karnataka on Tuesday.

Published on April 07, 2020

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.