Excess rainfall across India this month

Forecasts IMD
Excess rainfall across India this month

NASHIK: After a poor July and a disastrous August, monsoon rains are expected to revive in September, bringing respite to farming activity that has been lagging due to inadequate rain across most regions. Rainfall is likely to be excessive this month, but the season may still end with a rain deficit, coming in below its long-performing average (LPA) of 880 mm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, revising its pre-monsoon forecast of a normal season.

Over the first three months of the monsoon season, rainfall in India has been 9% below normal. This gap will be narrowed this month, the weather office said in a virtual press conference. “The rainfall averaged over the country as a whole during September is most likely to be above normal, more than 110% of the LPA that stands at 170 mm,” said M Mohapatra, director general, IMD.

Central India and the Konkan coast are likely to see heavy rainfall for the next four weeks, as per IMD’s extended range forecast using a multi-model ensemble forecasting system. Most northern states and parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, however, will get below normal rain, it said.

As of now, only the southern peninsular subdivision has recorded a rain surplus this season. Kharif acreage, which has been lagging all season, is likely to see an uptick this month as the sowing windows are still open for crucial crops such as paddy. The Centre expects a record harvest of 305.44 million tonnes this year, led by rain-fed crops such as rice, sugarcane, cotton and soyabean.

17.57% less rainfall

From June 1, 2021 till September 2, Nashik district has recorded an average rainfall of 70.48% to normal with Igatpuri topping the chart in rainfall percentage and parched Chandwad at bottom of the table. Igatpuri stands highest at 2417 mm, while Chandwad lowest at 192 mm of rainfall. Last year during the corresponding period 88.05 per cent rainfall was recorded which is 17.57 per cent less this year.

Rainfall from June 1, 2021 to Sept 2 (In mm)

  • Nashik - 290.2 mm

  • Igatpuri - 2417.0 mm

  • Trimbak - 1316.3 mm

  • Surgana - 1516.4 mm

  • Dindori - 364.0 mm

  • Peth - 1554.2 mm

  • Niphad - 371.6 mm

  • Sinnar - 247.0 mm

  • Chandwad - 192.0 mm

  • Deola - 352.0 mm

  • Yeola - 338.0 mm

  • Nandgaon - 463.0 mm

  • Malegaon - 429.0 mm

  • Baglan - 351.8 mm

  • Kalwan - 373.0 mm

Total - 10575.50 mm

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