After 11% Deficiency in June, Met Predicts Good Monsoon in July
Based on predictions, the Met department expects good rainfall in July.
Of the four-month monsoon season in the country, June ended with an overall rainfall deficiency of 11 percent. Monsoon is yet to reach several parts of the country, especially northwest India. All regions barring the southern peninsula have received deficient rainfall until now.
In east and northeast India, the monsoon was deficient by 28 percent, while the deficiency was 17 and 7 percent in central and northwest India respectively.
But despite the deficit, rains have been in the normal to excess range in around two-thirds of India’s 36 meteorological subdivisions, reports The Times of India.
The deficit in June was mainly due to the eight-day delay in monsoon’s onset. It progressed well after that but did not perform as expected in central India. But the shortfall should be made up in July.D Sivananda Pai, India Meteorological Department
Officials from the Met department expect rainfall to pick up in July, the most crucial month for farmers sowing important crops.
A good monsoon in July is also important for water recharge as it accounts for almost a third of the total seasonal rainfall.
June to September is the monsoon season in India. As per the IMD forecast after two consecutive bad rainfall seasons, this monsoon will be “above normal”.
However, some more positive news is in the offing. El Nino, which is related to sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, is in “neutral” condition. The phenomena had hampered monsoon last year and was the reason for a warmer winter.
(With PTI Inputs)
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