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IMD Predicts Above Normal Rainfall in Telangana After 8 Years

IMD Predicts Above Normal Rainfall in Telangana After 8 Years

India’s core monsoon zone, IMD Predicts Above-Normal Rainfall in Telangana After 8 Years, encompassing a large swathe of the country’s rain-fed agricultural areas, is forecast to receive above-normal rainfall this monsoon season, bringing welcome relief to a nation grappling with heat and water shortages.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts a positive outlook for the upcoming monsoon season (June to September). While some regional variations are expected, the overall national rainfall is anticipated to be 106% of the long-term average.

Key Highlights of India’s Monsoon Forecast:

  • Above-Normal Rainfall for Core Monsoon Zone: States like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, crucial for rain-fed agriculture, are likely to see above-normal monsoon rains.
  • Normal Rainfall for Northwest India: The northwest region of the country can expect normal rainfall during the monsoon season.
  • Below-Normal Rainfall in Northeast India: Parts of northeast India might experience below-normal monsoon rainfall.
  • Normal Rainfall Expected in June: The IMD predicts normal rainfall across the country in June, with the southwest monsoon expected to reach Kerala by the end of the month.

Hope for Drought-Parched Lands:

The above-normal monsoon prediction comes as a significant positive development for India, considering the recent heatwave and drought concerns.

  • Improved Water Security: With monsoon rains replenishing reservoirs, water security is expected to improve across the country. This will be crucial for drinking water supplies and hydropower generation.
  • Relief for Farmers: The timely and adequate monsoon rains are essential for sowing Kharif crops, the summer crops responsible for a significant portion of India’s agricultural output.

Uncertainties Remain:

While the forecast is encouraging, some uncertainties linger:

  • Uneven Distribution: A normal national average doesn’t guarantee a uniform distribution of rainfall throughout the season. Localized flooding and droughts remain possibilities.
  • Impact of Climate Change: Climate change is known to influence monsoon patterns, potentially leading to increased variability in rainfall intensity.

La Nina Offers Hope:

The potential development of La Nina conditions later in the monsoon season offers a glimmer of hope. Historically, La Nina years are associated with above-normal or normal monsoon rainfall in India.

  • What is the core monsoon zone of India?

The core monsoon zone encompasses several states in central and eastern India, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Agriculture in these regions is primarily rain-fed, relying heavily on the monsoon for crop production.

  • When is the monsoon season in India?

The monsoon season in India typically lasts from June to September. June and July are considered the most crucial months for agriculture as most Kharif crop sowing occurs during this period.

  • What is the significance of La Nina for India’s monsoon?

La Nina is an oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon characterized by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. La Nina events are often linked to stronger monsoon winds and above-average rainfall in India.

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