Durga Puja this time may be a mixed bag of happiness and disappointment for the people of many places of Assam and Meghalaya. For, the weather may not be conducive for puja hoppers in these places.
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati has forecast fairly widespread rainfall over Assam and Meghalaya on October 5,6,7,8 and 9, with heavy rainfall at isolated places in these two states during the period.
RMC sources said there was a likelihood of light to moderate rainfall at places over west Assam, especially in Guwahati, on both Navami and Dashami days. Such rainfall may play spoilsport also for devotees in middle-Assam areas on Navami and Dashami days.
For the Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura Met Subdivision, the RMC has forecast widespread rainfall on October 6 and 7, and fairly widespread rainfall on October 5, 8 and 9, while the Arunachal Met Subdivision is likely to experience scattered rainfall on October 5 and 6, and then on October 7, 8 and 9, the Met Subdivision is expected to experience fairly widespread rainfall.
After Durga Puja, rainfall is likely to increase over Assam and Meghalaya, said the sources, referring to the RMC forecast issued for the next five days, beginning from Saturday, for the NE region.
It needs mention here that scattered rainfall means rainfall activities covering 26-50 per cent areas of a district, whereas fairly widespread rainfall mean rainfall activities covering 51-75 per cent areas of a district and widespread rainfall mean rainfall activities covering 76-100 per cent areas of a district. Isolated heavy rainfall covers an area between 1 and 25 per cent of a district. However, heavy rainfall is determined by measuring the rainfall amount. A heavy rainfall contains a rainfall amount measuring between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm.