Climate News July 2020

06 JULY- heavy-wind-rain-wreak-havoc-in-koratty
Heavy wind, rain wreak havoc in Koratty
Heavy wind and rain that lashed Koratty and neighbouring areas on Sunday night caused heavy losses.Houses were damaged, trees uprooted, and vehicles overturned in the wind which lasted a few minutes

08 JULY- water-from-peringalkuthu-dam-released-due-to-heavy-inflow
Kerala: Water from Peringalkuthu dam released due to heavy inflow
THRISSUR: Water was released from Peringalkuthu dam on Tuesday after the water level reached the maximum height following incessant rain in the catchment area of the reservoir .shutters of the dam were being kept open and water started flowing out of the reservoir through the spillway gates around 4am on Tuesday after the water level rose above 419.41m-mark, which is the rule level. However, the water level increased further and reached 419.71m in the afternoons

10 JULY- kseb-steps-down-power-generation-from-idukki-dam
KSEB steps down power generation from Idukki dam
As the monsoon rains play truant in catchment areas of Idukki hydro-electric project Kerala State Electricity(KSEB) has switched to a conservative mode on using the water in the largest hydel reservoir in the state .

20 JULY- heavy-rain-likely-in-state
Heavy rain likely in State
Heavy rainfall is likely in Kerala over the next few days due to an upper air cyclonic circulation over Kanyakumari which is expected to move towards the Lakshadweep-Maldives region, the India Meteorological Department (IMD)said on Monday.

22 JULY- fishers-fight-a-losing-battle
Fishers fight a losing battle
Fishermen in the district are caught between virus on the land and stormy seas
The closure of harbours have come as a blow for the communityas Covid-19 containing measures, has spelt doom for them. Already reeling from the ban on venturing into the seas or auctioning and selling their catch, the harsh climate has come as a double blow for them.

26 JULY- state-now-has-a-heat-action-plan 
State now has a ‘Heat Action Plan’
Green roofs, ‘cool pavements’, and incentives for environment-friendly building materials are among the strategies suggested in the ‘Heat Action Plan’, a first-of its-kind document for the State prepared by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) for tackling rising temperature levels.Featuring guidelines for government agencies and the public, the action plan requires government departments to begin summer-related arrangements in January and submit action-taken reports to the Disaster Management Department by February 28 every year.

29 JULY- kerala-to-receive-heavy-rainfall-yellow-orange-alert-issued-across-several-districts
Kerala to receive heavy rainfall; yellow, orange alert issued across several districts
The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert, indicating heavy rainfall, and an orange alert for very heavy rainfall, for several districts in Kerala. Widespread heavy rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls will also be very likely over Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and north-eastern states

29 JULY- heavy-rains-bring-kochi-to-a-standstill-residents-of-flooded-houses-furious-with-corporation
Heavy rains bring Kochi to a standstill, residents of flooded houses furious with corporation
The heavy rains that have been lashing Kochi since last night wreaked havoc inundating major thoroughfares and residential areas on Wednesday. Drains overflowed, flooding the roads. Water entered many houses in the lowlying areas, while roads caved in and trees got uprooted at other places

30 JULY- erratic-rain-takes-heft-out-of-power-front
Erratic rain takes heft out of power front
An official at the Dam Monitoring and Research Station, Vazhathoppe, said the water level in the dam was 2,334 ft on Thursday, an increase of below one ft from the previous day. The power generation at the Moolamattom powerhouse was at a low of 2.21 mu. There was a shortfall of nearly 40% in southwest monsoon in the district and in the high ranges, where most of the dams are located, it was below average.

31 JULY- heavy-rains-to-continue-today
Heavy rains to continue on Friday in Kerala
The southwest monsoon continues to be active over Kerala with the India Meteorological Department ( India-meteorological-department) IMD issuing an orange alert warning for Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki on Friday. Yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode

Climate News June 2020

June 02- kerala-orange-alert-in-4-districts-as-heavy-monsoon-rains-bring-back-memories-of-previous-floods
Kerala: Orange alert in 4 districts as heavy monsoon rains bring back memories of previous floods
Three northern districts of Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod are the others brought under the orange alert—warning of heavy rainfall ranging from 6.4 cm to 11.5 cm to very heavy rainfall of 11.5 cm to 20.4 cm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
June 04- pampa-sand-desilting-ngt-seeks-govt-response
Pampa sand desilting: NGT seeks govt response
As desilting of sand from the Pampa river kicking up a row, the National Green Tribunal has sought the state government’s response in the matter. The NGT Chennai Bench, which initiated suo motu action on the matter, also appointed a committee to probe into the same
June 05- artistes-feel-about-the-the-monsoon-this-year-amid-a-pandemic
Artistes share the value of the rains amid the pandemic
The supplement edition of The Hindu, reports different artist’s views on rain this year
June 09- thiruvananthapuram-to-be-keralas-first-pachathuruthu-district
Thiruvananthapuram to be Kerala’s first ‘Pachathuruthu’ district

Karavaram grama panchayat comes first among local bodies in the district to have planted the maximum number of ‘Pachathuruth’ an mbitious project of Haritha Keralam Mission which aims at promoting green spaces in the state to effectively combat climate change. Since the launch of the initiative, around 153 such spots have been planted in the district.
June 09- monsoon-2020-kerala-karnataka-maharashtra-in-for-heavy-rains
Monsoon 2020: Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra in For Heavy Rains This Week
Starting Tuesday, June 9, seasonal monsoon rains will start to lash Kerala, enabled by the cyclonic circulation located in the Arabian Sea. Heavy showers are also expected over the region through this week.
June 10- As-ban-begins-3800-trawlers-return-to-shore
As ban begins, 3,800 trawlers return to shore
The 52-day trawling ban came into force will remain in force till July 30, is a double blow for the fishers, who were hit by both the cyclone warning and the Covid restrictions over the last few months.

June 16- Kozhikode-kasargod-yellow-watch-as-kerala-prepares-heavy-showers
Kozhikode, Kasargod on Yellow Watch As Kerala Prepares for Heavy Showers on Tuesday
Owing to the monsoon season, which made its onset over Kerala on June 1, parts of the south Indian state are set to receive heavy showers on Tuesday, June 16. In view of this prediction, about eight districts across the state have been placed on a yellow watch.
June 23- kerala-to-tap-private-weather-forecasting-services
Kerala to tap private weather forecasting services
The state government has sanctioned funds to the disaster management department to avail services of private weather forecasting agencies Skymet, Earth Networks and IBM Weather Company to ensure accurate information on weather events.
June 25- kerala-extremely-heavy-rain-friday-saturday-widespread-south-india
Kerala In for Extremely Heavy Rains on Friday, Saturday; Widespread Showers to Lash South India Until Sunday
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu are in for fairly widespread to widespread rains, with isolated heavy to very heavy showers from Thursday to Sunday. Isolated extremely heavy falls are on the cards for Kerala and Mahe on Friday and Saturday.

Climate News December 2019

December 2019

Dec 01  Depression-alert-in-arabian-sea-as-second-low-pressure-area-forms

Dec 01 – 75-excess-rainfall-so-far-in-state

Between October 1 and December 1, Kerala has received 75% excess rainfall, while Lakshadweep received 184% excess rainfall, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). In IMD parlance, this is considered ‘large excess.’

Dec 04 –  Develop-climate-resilient-agroforestry-systems-expert

eminent has suggested the need for developing agroforestry systems and practices that are resilient and adaptable to the climatic extremes that the State has been witnessing in the recent times.

 Dec 06 Spread-of-peafowl-warns-of-arid-days-study

Researchers from Kerala used meteorological data and ran a model which indicated that peafowl, whose distribution was limited to 10% of Kerala, will spread to almost 55% by 2050. Peafowl species is an indicator for the land becoming more arid.
Dec 30 Meet-to-discuss-fisheries-laws-climate-change

a two day seminar was conducted on Fisheries resource depletion, climate change, and new laws governing marine and inland fisheries. Charles George of the Matsya Thozhilali Aikya Vedhi said that there has been serious depletion in both pelagic and demersal fish resources, a constant cause for worry among all group of fishermen.
Dec 30 – Total-tree-forest-cover-in-country-increases-by-5188-sq-km-forest-report

The ISFR, a biennial exercise, assesses the forest and tree cover, bamboo resources, carbon stock and forest fires. The top three States showing an increase in forest cover are Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala