Chennai Rains

Chennai skyscape

Chennai gets most of its rain from the North East monsoon during October and November. The SW monsoon, which mainly benefits the west coast of India, also brings some small amount of rain during July-August. The total annual average rainfall in Chennai is 51″. This compares with annual average amounts of 37″ in Bangalore, 32″ in Delhi, 120″ in Mumbai and 62″ in Kolkatha.

Chennai skyscape

Average Monthly Rainfall in Chennai (in inches)

Chennai skyscape

During July and August 2007, this year we have received intermittent rainfall. It is common experience of the Chennai residents that the day starts with a clear sky and bright sunshine. Suddenly the clouds gather and it rains heavily for duration ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours.

Chennai skyscape

Like wise, Saturday afternoon (August 25, 2007) was bright with warm sunshine. Suddenly clouds gathered and created various patterns in the sky. It looked like there is going to be heavy rain. But there was no rain. After giving a photoshoot opportunity, the clouds dispersed and gave way to a clear sky towards the evening

(The photos you see here are shot from the terrace of my apartment at Velachery. Details for the post sourced from various websites)

9 Comments so far

  1. Sankar (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 12:05 am

    Nice photographs.

  2. Navneeth (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    Wow, that wide-field lens really helps, doesn’t it? Great bunch of shots.

  3. jillumadrasi (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    GVB –Excellent pics — do you have them in high-resolution. I ask for a reason. Do respond to my email id if you wish.

  4. Vivek (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    The 1st pic is just awesome!
    May I ask which cam?

  5. nandhu (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    exactly the kind of post i was looking forward to.

  6. David (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    Fabulous shots GVB, as usual! That was quite an aerial display on Sat and its great that you could capture it for everyone.

  7. Ajoy Ashirwad (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    Dear sir,
    I went through your blogs.they are brilliant and evoked many reactions. since i could not get your e mail address i have used your comment box to put my request. I am a student of Asian College Of Journalism in chennai. we are creating an website to showcase the works of Chennai bloggers as a part of our project for the course. so i wish to interview you in this regard if you are interested either through Mail or if you wish i can come down to your place and interview personally. so i place my earnest request to you here for this. hoping for a prompt reply.thanking you,

    yours sincerely
    Ajoy Ashirwad

  8. Arvind Rajan (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 8:36 am

    HI there

    Wonderful pics of Chennai in the rainy season. I was there last month and did not see qute this beautiful a sky during my visit (July 27 to August 8).

    By the way I write quite a lot about Chennai on the web and love your pics. Would you be interested if in certain cases we combined your pictures into some of my articles (obviously with acknowledgment of authorship). Please let me know. Some samples of my writing on my website at



  9. Christine (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 6:55 am

    Hello. I live in Canada. My daughter’s friends/family moved to India at the end of July this year. As of today, there is a rumour going around their school that this family was killed in a tsunami sometime in August. I cannot find anything that supports that rumour, however I did find that India was experiencing flooding. I was wondering if you could help me to find out if there have been any natural disasters in India during the month of August. and also if there were any deaths associated with the disasters.

    I would like to get a sense of “calm” to these kids.


    Christine Gould

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