Monsoon 11% below LPA so far; August deficit at 22%: IMD

Earlier this month, the IMD had retained its June monsoon forecast about rainfall measuring 88% of LPA during the June-September period. August recorded a monsoon deficit of 22% as compared to the LPA, highest in the season so far, the IMD said.

Sep 01, 2015 08:09 IST India Infoline News Service

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Rainfall during this year's southwest monsoon season has been 11% below the long-period average (LPA) until now, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.

According to the IMD, the average monsoon rainfall across the country during 1st June to 31st August has been 632 millimetres, which is 11% less than the LPA of 714 mm.

August recorded a monsoon deficit of 22% as compared to the LPA, highest in the season so far, the IMD said.

Earlier this month, the IMD had retained its June monsoon forecast about rainfall measuring 88% of LPA during the June-September period.

Last year also the cumulative rainfall during the monsoon season was 88% of LPA.

While June rainfall constitutes 18% of the total rainfall received during monsoon period, July (33%) and August (29%) rains are critical for kharif sowing.

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