Monsoon covers entire country, but still 23% deficient: IMD

Published: 12th July 2012 10:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2012 10:30 AM   |  A+A-

The monsoon got much better on Wednesday, as compared to last 10 days of July when rainfall decreased considerably. “The South West monsoon has further advanced into the remaining parts of the north Arabian Sea, Gujarat and Rajasthan and thus has covered the entire country on Wednesday,” said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist S C Bhan.

The overall rainfall deficit stands at 23 percent as on July 10, down from 31 percent on June 30. There is reason to cheer as this figure is expected to come down by the wee hours of Thursday as rainfall occurs at many places all over the country.

Bhan said that over the past 24 hours, it rained at many places over Kerala, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat region, Konkan, Goa, West Bengal and Sikkim. Rainfall were reported at a few places in Uttarakhand, Punjab, interior Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa, Gangetic West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and at one or two places in Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Saurashtra, Kutch, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Rayalaseema.

Bhan said that, “Rainfall has been less than expectations in Haryana and Punjab. But that does not pose a problem there as those states are well irrigated. The shortfall of rain in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh has been covered.”

Large amount has occurred in Cherrapunji at centimetre (cm), Erinpura and Udaipur at 19 cm, Coochbehar and Pasighat at 11 cm, Tirupathi, Chittorgarh and Patiala at 7 cm, Mangalore , Buldana, Pondicherry, Alappuzha, Bulsar and Ratlam at 5 cm, Kochi and Itanagar at 4 cm.

IMD’s cloud imagery shows convective clouds over parts of Saurastra and Kutch, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal, north Orissa, southeast Bay of Bengal and east Arabian sea. Low to medium clouds are seen over rest parts of the country.

The forecast for the next two days - till 8.30 a.m. on July 14th - that rain and thundershowers would occur at many places over west coast, east and northeast India, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Western Himalayan region, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi would also experience rain and thundershowers.

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