Monsoon stalls; Delay not a cause for concern: IMD official

The weather office has forecast average rains in 2012 and is expected to release its outlook for the rest of the monsoon on Friday.

Jun 21, 2012 01:06 IST India Infoline News Service

Even though the four-month long Indian monsoon season has got slightly delayed, there is no cause for concern yet, reports said citing an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

"Overall monsoon progress is slightly behind schedule but such delays are usual," reports said quoting L.S. Rathore, director-general of the IMD.

India's monsoon has stalled and may not advance further for another four days, the IMD said.

In the first three weeks of the season, almost all parts of the country received lower than average rainfall. The country has received rains 26% below average so far since the beginning of the season.

Rathore added that no "large northward migration" of monsoon was expected for the next three to four days as the flows were affected by atmospheric storm 'Talim'.

On Jun 5, rains had reached the mainland in southern Kerala, four days later than normal, according to the IMD.

 

Weather officials said a cyclonic pressure over the Arabian Sea had delayed the rains, plus or minus 4 days, from its expected June 1 arrival date, reports added.

In the initial stages of the monsoon season, crops are not greatly affected by the volume of rain. However, by mid-July after the monsoon has covered the entire country, the distribution of rainfall is crucial for their growth.

 

In India, where agriculture and farming account for 15% of the $2tn economy, timely and sufficient rainfall is extremely crucial as 55% of the arable land depends on rains for water needs.

The weather office has forecast average rains in 2012 and is expected to release its outlook for the rest of the monsoon on Friday.

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