July 8, 2020

Meghalaya’s Mawsynram could lose wettest-on-Earth status to this place in Indonesia

Meghalaya may lose the status of being home to the two wettest places on Earth — Mawsynram and Cherrapunjee — if data from a remote town in Indonesia is endorsed by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Mile 50, on a remote mining road in Papua province, has reportedly recorded more rain than anywhere else globally in the last five years. The rain gauge maintained by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia and mining company Freeport Indonesia at Mile 50 has recorded an average of 12,143 mm of rainfall.

This is 478.071 inches or 39 feet and 8 inches of precipitation, enough to challenge Mawsynram’s 467 inches of rain and Cherrapunjee’s rainfall that is just about 100 mm short of Mawsynram’s average.

The Papua data, however, has to be first endorsed by the the WMO.

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