Monsoon to be normal this year: Weather office (Lead)

July 30th, 2010 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The monsoon will be normal this year and will pick up in August and September, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Friday.
“The monsoon season (June to September) rainfall for the country as a whole is likely to be within the normal limits as predicted by the weather office earlier. The monsoon in June and July has been 95 percent,” IMD director general A.K. Tyagi told reporters here.

Rainfall over the country for the second half (August to September) of the 2010 southwest monsoon season is likely to be normal. The rainfall is expected to be 107 percent of the average during the second phase.

According to the weather office, the season’s rainfall over the three geographical regions (Northwest India, Central India and South Peninsula) is also likely to be within the normal limits. However, the season’s rainfall over Northeast India is likely to be below normal.

“There has been no depression over the Bay of Bengal in the first two months of monsoon, which is an anomalous feature reported this time. This has led to scanty rainfall in northeast country. Rainfall is likely to be deficit in West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand,” said Tyagi.

The monsoon was delayed this year by a week and reached Kerala by the end of May.

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