Southwest monsoon is 1% less than long period average

Written by Commodities Bureau | Agencies | New Delhi, Aug 26 | Updated: Aug 27 2008, 06:14am hrs
Indias southwest monsoon, crucial for the agriculture sector, was around 1% below the long period average (LPA) during the June 1 - August 24 period and was deficient in six of the 36 meteorological subdivisions, an official statement said on Tuesday. Marathwada, one of the main cotton-growing regions in the country, received almost half the normal rainfall, the statement showed.

While Marathwada recorded 44%-less rainfall than the LPA till August 24, rains in Kerala were deficit by 31% during the southwest monsoon season.

The Northeastern states of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura received 28%- less rainfall than the LPA, the weather office said, adding that north interior Karnataka (-27), Assam and Meghalaya (-21) and Vidarbha (-20) also received fewer downpours.

Meteorological analysis and numerical weather prediction models suggest subdued rainfall activity over northwest and central India over the next five to seven days, it said. Weathermen have forecast widespread rainfall activity with heavy-to-very heavy falls during the next four to five days over northeastern states, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Bihar.

Good rains are expected over extreme south peninsula, particularly over Tamil Nadu and Kerala, beginning from Wednesday and continuing for the next two to three days. Central India received 698.4 mm rains between June 1 and August 24 7% below the LPA.

the southern peninsula got 497.6 mm (-6 per cent) and Northeast India received 1016.8 mm (- 5 per cent). The northwest region received 545.7 mm, which was 19% more than the LPA.