IMD pours good news, predicts an 'above normal' monsoon

There will be 'above normal' monsoon this year, the India Meteo-rological Department (IMD) office predicted yesterday, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two consecutive years of drought

New Delhi: There will be 'above normal' monsoon this year, the India Meteo-rological Department (IMD) office predicted yesterday, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two consecutive years of drought. Also, Releasing its monsoon forecast for the season, IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said, “Monsoon will be 106 per cent of the long period average (LPA).


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There is 94 percent probability that monsoon will be normal to excess this year. By and large, there will be fair distribution of monsoon across the country. But North-East India and South-East India, particularly Tamil Nadu, may get slightly less than normal rainfall.”

The drought-hit Marath-wada is likely to receive a 'good' rainfall, he added.

The good and the bad
Anything less than 90 per cent of the LPA is termed as a 'deficient' monsoon and 90-96 per cent of the LPA is considered as 'below normal'. Monsoon is considered as 'normal' if the LPA is between 96-104 per cent. While the moon is termed 'above normal' if the LPA is between 104-110 per cent, it is considered as 'excess' fro LPA beyond 110 per cent.

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