Monsoon 2018: At 97 Per Cent, Normal Monsoon this Year, Says IMD

Rains, thunderstorm likely in Nagpur Max temp in Nagpur is expected to be 38 degree Celsius on Saturday

Rains, thunderstorm likely in Nagpur Max temp in Nagpur is expected to be 38 degree Celsius on Saturday

A normal south-west monsoon bodes well for the Indian economy and is likely to boost rural demand and alleviate farm distress.

Rainfall below 90 per cent of the average is considered deficient, above normal at 105-110 per cent, and excessive above 110 per cent.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday announced that monsoon is likely to be normal this year.

Skymet also mentioned in its report that above normal rains will benefit the farmers who are expecting good showers in the sowing month of June.

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IMD issues operational forecast for the southwest monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall for the country as a whole in two stages. The IMD categorises rainfall in the 96 per cent to 104 per cent LPA range as normal while the rain immediately below that, it is considered below normal.

This is the third uninterrupted year when the IMD forecasted the normal monsoon rains in the nation.

However, the monsoon can be affected by the El Niño conditions. India had 95 per cent of the LPA rainfall previous year - as against the first forecast of 96 per cent of the LPA (with an error margin of +/- 5 per cent).

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.

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IMD in October 2017 said that while 72 per cent of the total area of the country received normal rainfall, 13 per cent area got excess rainfall and 15 per cent deficient seasonal rainfall.

The IMD, though, will be predicting the onset of monsoon in middle of this May.

The rains after making a steady start in June and July, went for an extended break in August and also till early September which pulled down the total cumulative seasonal rainfall.

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