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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekly Hydro-meteorological Report, 09 October, 2014


Highlights

Monitoring and Prediction

Slightly heavy rainfall was observed throughout the coastal areas of the country and mostly around the south-west region during the previous week and despite the tropical cyclone Hudhud only mild rainfall is expected in the entire country during next week except in south- western regions where up to 150- 200 mm rainfall is expected in coming six days. The north-western sea of Sri Lanka shows an above average sea surface temperature.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Weekly Hydro-meteorological Report, 02 October, 2014


Highlights

Monitoring and Prediction

Heavy rainfall was observed throughout the country during the previous week and further heavy rainfall is expected in the entire country during the next week as well. Badulla, Kandy, Kaluthara and Galle districts shall receive heavy rainfall during this period. Up to 200 mm rainfall is expected in Badulla. Unusually heavy rainfall is expected in the region from Monaragala to Polonnaruwa for the 2nd consecutive week. The north-western sea of Sri Lanka shows an above average sea surface temperature while the south eastern sea shows a below average sea surface temperature.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Warden gripes "But we still have no water"

BY ZAHRAH IMTIAZ

Drought conditions prevail at the Yala National Park although rainfall has been reported in the surrounding areas.
Foundation for Environment Climate and Technology (FECT), in its weekly predictions on weather, reported that up to 45mm rainfall is expected in the South-Western and Southern parts of Sri Lanka from 17-30 September.
FECT reported rainfall last week in Southern and Eastern parts of the country. Meanwhile, on 12 September, 30 mm of rainfall was recorded at the Yala National Park and on 13-14, the entire South-western region had received 40 mm of rain.
 

But authorities said that the rain received at the Park was light, insufficient to have an impact on the sanctuary.
Though rain is being reported in the region, suffering from a prolonged drought, Yala National Park, Warden, S. Saranga however, said though there were light rains, common this time of year, it however, made no difference to the prevailing drought conditions in the park. "We still have no water", he said.
The Park Warden said he continued to use water bowsers to supply water to the Park.
 


"We have installed motors to pump water at two places and four other places have solar pumps," said Saranga.
The Chief Incumbent of the Sithulpahuwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Metaraba Hemarathana Thera said that it had only rained in Kataragama and that most of Yala remained dry. The thera is actively involved in supply water to the watering holes in the Park.
The thera and warden have been told to expect rain after 15 October. Given this scenario, the two parties have three more weeks to find water to maintain water supplies in the Park. That's the period when the North-East (NE) Monsoons are expected to hit the country.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Hydro-meteorological Report, 25 September, 2014


Highlights

Monitoring and Prediction

Heavy rainfall is expected in the entire country during the next week. Badulla, Moneragala and Polonnaruwa districts shall receive heaviest rainfall during this period.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekly Hydro-meteorological Report, 18 September, 2014


Highlights

Monitoring and Prediction

Southern and eastern regions of the country received rainfall during the past week. But no rainfall was observed in the north central region. High rainfall was observed in the south western region as expected while rainfall is expected to continue in this region during the next week. The sea surface temperature around Sri Lanka has reduced.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Hydro-meteorological Report, 11 September, 2014


Highlights

Monitoring and Prediction

Rainfall was observed in the southern half of Sri Lanka as well as Jaffna peninsula during 2nd – 8th September. No rainfall was observed in north-central region of the country during this period. Highest rainfall was observed in the area surrounding Ampara. Rainfall expected in the coming week is predicted to be below than the historical average.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekly Hydro-meteorological Report, 4 September, 2014


Highlights

Monitoring and Prediction

Below average rainfall was observed in the entirety of the country during the month of July, however during August, the precipitation observed over Sri Lanka was above average. Ratnapura district received highest amount of rainfall during August. But in the past week rainfall conditions in Sri Lanka once again was observed to be dry compared to the week before. The only significant rainfall event recorded this week was observed in the sea west of Puttalam.
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