IMD predicts normal monsoon, forecasts 97 per cent rainfall

Sashastra Seema Bal personnel on election duty sip tender coconuts to beat the heat at Majestic in Bengaluru on Saturday | Shriram B N

Monsoon rains, the lifeblood of the country's $2 trillion economy, are expected to be 97 percent of a long-term average, K.J. Ramesh, director general of the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD), told a news conference.

This forecast comes with a model error of plus or minus 5%.

As per the local weather forecast, there is a possibility of rain, thunderstorm or dust-storm in various districts of the region.

The monsoon seasonal rainfall is likely to be 97 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA).

A normal monsoon will not only aid agriculture growth but could have a positive impact on the overall rural economy.

The IMD, however, will forecast the onset of monsoon in middle of next month.

Normal rains in last two years helped a rebound in farm growth rate to 6.8% in 2016-17 and an estimated 3% in 2017-18.

According to the weatherman, below 90 per cent rainfall is considered deficient and at 95 per cent it is considered below normal. A normal monsoon is in the range of 96-104 percent of the LPA.

A figure between 96 to 104 percent is considered normal monsson. India receives 70% of its annual rainfall in the four-month period, which in turn irrigates over half of its farm lands lacking assured irrigation.

It said that normal rains are likely for the country, particularly East India, while the Southern Peninsula and parts of Northeast India could be at some risk of getting below normal rains.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

World shipping industry agrees to halve carbon emissions by 2050
This landmark agreement, referred to as an initial strategy, is the first step towards formalising a climate action plan by 2023. Proposals for cutting carbon dioxide emissions in shipping have been under discussion for a number of years.

49ers won't allow Reuben Foster to participate in team activities
I predict the 49ers will release Foster or a week or two after the draft, probably on a Friday, just to bury the news. The woman flagged down a auto driving to call 911 and was transported to a hospital after speaking to police.

Ola to add 10000 EVs in next 12 months
The company launched a trial EV program past year in the city of Nagpur , but has reportedly run into some recent road bumps. Ola, the leading ride-hailing startup, has announced plans to expand its electric vehicle offerings in the country.

Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) Receives $86.36 Average Price Target from Brokerages
Fourteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock. Wells Fargo & Mn has invested 0.01% in Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNI) has 0.00% since April 15, 2017 and is.

Shire sells oncology business to France's Servier for $2.4bn
Ornskov said the board will consider returning the proceeds of the sale back to shareholders through a buyback programme. Takeda said earlier this year that it might make an offer for Shire to beef up its core therapeutic areas.

Other news