It is the beginning of the end of this year’s monsoon , according to the Met department. Compared with last week’s performance, this week only 17% of meteorological subdivisions have received deficient rainfall when compared with normal rainfall for these regions.
Last week, almost a quarter of these regions had received deficient rainfall. “Though most of the average rainfall has been within our forecast range, the next week is very crucial for North-West India. We expect it to improve in the coming week,” says Madhavan Rajeevan, director of the National Climate Centre at Pune. Rains over the North-West region have been poor this year.
While only 10 states have registered deficient rainfall over the past week, 14 have received more than normal rainfall. “Agriculturally speaking, this monsoon has been satisfactory. However, better rainfall in the first week of September will be useful for certain parts of North-West India,” says R. C. Dhiman, agronomist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.