Freak weather whipped up a perfect storm

The highest daily rainfall in a century, a hottest-ever Indian Ocean, a strongest-ever El Niño.


  1. Freak weather conditions all came together on one single day to swamp Chennai with the heaviest rainfall in a century and it could all happen again.
  2. The World Meteorological Organisation(WMO) has been producing regular updates on the scale of this year’s El Niño.
  3. It’s expected, impact was a significant contributor to the India Meteorological Department’s forecast of a deficient south-west monsoon, a forecast that was spot on.
  4. El Niño affects whole season and is not responsible for individual episodes of intense rain.
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