The past few weeks have definitely been a giant see-saw as far as the weather is concerned. If you, like me, have already been stocking up on sambharam and orange juice, you too, are feeling the heat, not to forget the humidity that accompanies it and have been taken by surprise by the the bouts of rain. While during Shivaratri, the weather usually should be pleasant with showers, it was searing hot and the week after that saw heavy rainfall with thunder and lightning. What caps it all, is that sporadic power cuts and water cuts have already been taking place in a few suburbs in the city that usually experiences this during peak summer or April- May.
Here’s taking a closer look at what’s been happening with the weather. “This summer is hotter. Summer showers, have been normal, but the temperatures have certainly increased. The prediction for the summer is higher temperatures and more showers as and when the the humidity increases.,” S Sudevan, Director, Indian Meteorological Centre, Trivandrum.
At the event of facing a drought, the CM, Pinarayi Vijayan had said in November 2016, he wanted to try out cloud seeding to stimulate rainfall. The announcement also met with support from the opposition. The decision had come from reports of successful cloud-seeding carried out in the UAE. States like Maharashtra and Karnataka have previously implemented cloud seeding successfully. With drinking water becoming scarce, the government was also keen to try other options like desalinising sea water.