July rainfall was 7% below the average – IMD
Following a strong recovery in the first week of July, which saw floods, cloudbursts, and landslides in several parts of the country, the Southwest Monsoon ended the month with a 7% shortfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told this Sunday.
The Rainfall in July was -7%, or around 93% of the Long Period Average, according to IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
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Precipitation in the 90-96 range is considered below normal, while Rainfall in the 96-104 range is considered normal.
July saw extremely heavy Rainfall over coastal and central Maharastra, as well as Goa, Karnataka. Several towns and cities in Maharastra were inundated by heavy rain, resulting in catastrophic events such as landslides that claimed scores of lives and harmed property.
Cloudburst events killed several people in the northern Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Ladakh.
The national capital, like the rest of the country, saw a lot of rain. However, the overall rainfall total for the month was 7% lower.
July prediction was normal rainfall – IMD
According to Mohapatra, the ‘IMD predicted normal rainfall for July, which would be around 96% of the Long Period Average (LPA). The month of July draws the most rain to the country, but since there was no rain in the northern part of India until July 8, which could have contributed to the deficit’.
The Southwest Monsoon arrived in Kerala on June 3, two days later than usual. However, by June 19, it had rapidly covered the east, west, south, and parts of north India. However, it then entered a phase in which there was no rainfall activity. It began to resurrect on July 8.
The Southwest Monsoon arrived in Delhi on July 13 after a 16-day lag and covered the entire country that day.
June received 10% more Rainfall than usual. July and August have the most precipitation during the four-month Rainfall season.
Overall, the country received 1% less Rainfall than usual between June 1 and July 31. In the east and northeast subdivisions of the IMD, the deficit was minus 13%.
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The Northwest India region, which covers northern India, had a 2% shortfall. The rainfall in the south peninsula division, which includes the southern states, increased by 17%. In comparison, the central India division, which includes west and central India, received 1% more rain than usual.