Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 194–204 | Cite as

Extreme monsoonal rainfall deficits in India

  • S. Gregory
  • B. Parthasarathy


Data from 306 stations in India, for the 70 years (1901–70) of summer (June–September) monsoonal rainfall, are grouped into 32 sub-regions. Extreme event theory is used to analyse the return periods of extreme rainfall deficits within each of these sub-regions, using the log-Pearson type III frequency distribution in a spatial rather than a temporal context. The resultant estimates for 2, 5 and 10 year return periods are compared with the patterns derived from the Gaussian frequency distribution applied to the 306 stations individually; the 50 and 100 year return period estimates are also considered.


Waste Water Water Pollution Frequency Distribution Return Period Resultant Estimate 
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Die Daten über den sommerlichen Monsunregen (Juni–September) aus 70 Jahren (1901–70) von 306 Stationen in Indien werden in 32 Teilgebiete gruppiert. Zur Analyse der wiederkehrenden Perioden extremen Regendefizits in jedem dieser Teilgebiete wird die Theorie extremer Ereignisse verwendet, wobei die log-Pearson-Häufigkeitsverteilung vom Typ III eher in einem räumlichen als zeitlichen Zusammenhang verwendet wird. Die sich daraus ergebenden Schätzungen für wiederkehrende Perioden von 2, 5 und 10 Jahren werden mit den Mustern verglichen, die mit Hilfe der auf alle 306 Stationen einzeln angewandten Gaußschen Häufigkeitsverteilung gewonnen wurden. Die Abschätzung 50jähriger und 100jähriger Ereignisse wird ebenfalls besprochen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gregory
    • 1
  • B. Parthasarathy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Tropical MeteorologyPuneIndia

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