Monsoon arrives in Kerala (Lead)

June 5th, 2012 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) The south-west monsoon, crucial for agricultural operations in the country, hit Kerala Tuesday after a four-day delay from the usual arrival date of June 1, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Last year, the monsoon arrived in the coastal state May 29.

“South-west monsoon hit Kerala Tuesday and it has covered the entire state, bringing showers and relief to farmers,” IMD director general L.S. Rathore told IANS in Delhi.

According to the IMD, conditions were favourable for the monsoon to progress further to some parts of central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of coastal Karnataka, Goa, some parts of south Konkan, south Madhya Maharashtra and interior Karnataka, parts of Tamil Nadu, the Bay of Bengal and parts of north-eastern states in the next two days.

Rathore said there was nothing to panic about the monsoon hitting Kerala four days late as it was well within the forecast limits.

From 2005 onwards, the IMD has been issuing operational forecasts for the onset of the monsoon over Kerala using an indigenously developed statistical model with a model error of (+/-) four.

The IMD in its forecast has said that the 2012 south-west monsoon season (June-September) for the country as a whole is most likely to be normal.

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