NEW DELHI: It will add cheer to the Narendra Modi government as it celebrates its second anniversary in office, knowing that there would be a positive rainy season this year. Indian Private weather forecasting agency Skymet, upgrading its outlook for the month of June said rains are expected to be ‘above normal’ throughout India during the period of June to September.
The Private weather forecasting agency, which boosts of having an accurate technology to predict weather conditions said that rains in India are expected to reach at 109 percent of long period average (LPA), nearly touching the readings for a excess rainfall.
An average rainfall of 887mm across the Indian subcontinent, during the period of June to September is considered normal. If it is taken in terms of percentage, the normal monsoon ranges between 96% to 104%. Similarly, rains in the range of 104% – 110% is termed ‘above normal’ and those crossing 110% as ‘Excess rain’.
On the other hand, the Indian Meteorological Department, the country’s official weather forecaster too predicted an above normal monsoons this year. The IMD said that it predicts 106% of Long period average (LPA), slightly differing from the predictions of Skymet.
“We have taken into account several factors before making the prediction. We will provide an accurate prediction in the first week of June, when the monsoons are likely to hit the Indian main land”, said G P Sharma, VP Meteorology, Skymet.
If we get into the forecast report for India, the two weather forecasting agencies (IMD and Skymet) predicts a relatively poor start of monsoons. Rainfall in June is expected to be 13 percent below the month average. However, the report says that the monsoons reach the peaks by mid July bringing a cheer to the farmers in India.