Bountiful monsoon; no sign of withdrawal yet

Bountiful monsoon; no sign of withdrawal yet

New Delhi: India has received bountiful rains this season and there are no signs yet of withdrawal of monsoon which promises to bring more showers in eastern and northwest parts of the country.

The latest data released by the India Meteorological Department shows the country receiving 3% excess rain, which was fairly widespread with only four of the 36 sub-divisions getting deficient rains.

“Monsoon so far has been 103% of the Long Period Average," D Sivananda Pai, India’s chief monsoon forecaster and director of Pune-based National Climate Centre told PTI.

The rainfall map shows Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, Kutch and Diu, Konkan and Goa, coastal Karnatka and Uttarakhand receiving excess rainfall, while 24 sub-divisions getting normal rains.

However, the south-west monsoon which begins withdrawing from the country from September one onwards still appears to be staying put.

“There are no signs of withdrawal yet. Northwest region will experience a fresh spell of rains during the next two- three days," B P Yadav, director, IMD said, adding that monsoon is expected to remain active over east and adjoining central India during the same period.

Asked whether there were indications of change in monsoon pattern as the past six years have witnessed a delay in withdrawal, both Yadav and Pai maintained that it was “too less a timeframe" to reach any conclusion.

The monsoon showers are caused by southwesterly winds. After four months (June to September), these winds change direction and become north-easterly winds. This triggers withdrawal of monsoon.