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Monsoon in India: What Skymet and IMD have to say

Widespread pre-monsoon rainfall over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and some other regions in the last couple of days heralded arrival of the much-anticipated south-western monsoon.

By: | Updated: May 30, 2016 2:14 PM
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Monsoon is being eagerly awaited as water levels in the major reservoirs in the country has depleted to alarmingly low levels. (Photo: Reuters)

Widespread pre-monsoon rainfall over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and some other regions in the last couple of days heralded arrival of the much-anticipated south-western monsoon.

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According to private weather forecaster Skymet, fairly widespread rains and thundershowers continue to lash Kerala and coastal Karnataka. “Looks like monsoon is not far behind. In fact, these states have already started receiving monsoon-like rains,” Skymet said in a statement on Sunday.

The forecaster also noted that there is need to watch out for more than 2.5 mm of rainfall for two consecutive days in at least 60% of the stipulated 14 weather stations across Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its prediction said heavy rain and thunderstorms were likely over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, north-eastern states and coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next couple of days. It also predicted thunderstorm accompanied with squall over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, east Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in next few days.

Monsoon is being eagerly awaited as water levels in the major reservoirs in the country has depleted to alarmingly low levels.

Till last week, water reserves had fallen to 17% of their installed capacity of the reservoirs, while 31% of that capacity was filled up with water at the same time last year.

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    Manoj
    May 31, 2016 at 11:08 am
    why would anyone not care about any part of the country... When will the people of this country be united ??????
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      Subhro
      May 30, 2016 at 7:46 am
      West Bengal is getting nothing. Skymet and IMD both delivered misleading forecast.
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        Samwise
        Jun 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm
        Both IMD and Skymet works for the speculation markets (futures and Options, forward contracts). Its 1st june and there is not a single piece of cloud in the sky, forget about rain. During normal monsoon year pre monsoon showers starts in may in mumbai. But not this year. 4 days ago skymet announced showers within 24 hours for mumbai, but not a single piece of cloud, or a single drop of rain came.
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