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The wettest place in Sri Lanka

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B. V. R. Punyawardena ,

Department of Agriculture, Peradeniya, LK
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Natural Resource Management Center
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A. B. Abeysekera

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture
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Abstract

The average annual rainfall of Sri Lanka varies from 900 mm to 5,500 mm. A debate and misconception have continued on the “wettest place” or the rain gauge station that receives the highest rainfall in the country. Seven rain-gauge stations (seven locations) were selected considering the regions receiving with probable highest rainfall in Sri Lanka. The average annual total rainfall and average number of rainy days were analysed using daily rainfall data covering the most recent five years (2015 – 2019) to detect the rain gauge station receiving the highest rainfall. Among the locations considered, the newly established rain gauge station at the Welioya Estate (6.9288 N, 80.5582E, 1,258 m amsl) reported the highest rainfall, where the estate has received an average annual rainfall of 5,081 mm. Except during the South West Monsoon (SWM) season (May to September), the three rain-gauge stations located around Watawala Estate have recorded the lowest cumulative seasonal rainfall catch resulting in the same pattern of ranks in the average annual total rainfall. This study revealed that the Welioya Estate in Hatton receives the highest average annual rainfall in Sri Lanka. However, absence of standard rain-gauges installed in many locations in Sri Lanka to collect daily observations is a drawback in conducting detailed analysis rainfall across all agro-ecological regions in Sri Lanka.
How to Cite: Punyawardena, B.V.R. and Abeysekera, A.B., 2020. The wettest place in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Food and Agriculture, 6(2), pp.25–31. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfa.v6i2.86
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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