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A hydrometeorological analysis of the severe rainstorm of 20-22 September 1900 over the Gangetic West Bengal

Rakhecha, PR and Mandai, BN and Kulkarni, AK and Sangam, RB (1993) A hydrometeorological analysis of the severe rainstorm of 20-22 September 1900 over the Gangetic West Bengal. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 10 (1). pp. 113-120.

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Abstract

A hydrometeorological study is made of the September, 1900 severe rainstorm which led up to the record rainfalls over Gangetic West Bengal with subsequent disastrous flooding in the Damodar and the Hooghly rivers. The spatial extent of the rainstorm for different durations has been examined by constructing the isohyetal patterns based on rainfall records of stations affected by the storm. Areal rainfalls for 1,2 and 3-day periods are calculated and the values have been compared with similar values from other major rainstorms of the region. The comparison revealed that the September, 1900 rainstorm was the heaviest for 1,2 and 3-day durations for all the areas. The storm contributed rainfalls of 33.0 cm, 52.0 cm and 62.0 cm over an area of 10,000 km 2 in 1,2 and 3 days respectively. This rainstorm could, therefore, be considered as an important input in flood and design storm studies in the Gangetic West Bengal region. A relationship between point to areal rainfall has also been developed with a view to evaluate areal PMP estimates.

Item Type: Article
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Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 09:13
Last Modified: 15 May 2015 09:13
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/1080

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