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‘Normal monsoon’ for most regions barring south India

After a year of almost deficient rainfall,India is predicted to have normal rainfall for the year 2013-14.

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: April 20, 2013 1:10:37 am

After a year of almost deficient rainfall,India is predicted to have normal rainfall for the year 2013-14. The prediction by South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF),the global body of meteorological departments of India and neighbouring countries,was released on Friday,after their two-day conference in Kathmandu.

The forecast,which is derived after extensive deliberation between meteorologists and climate experts from across the subcontinent states that southern part of India might be experiencing below normal rainfall conditions. Other than certain parts of North India,which are set to have more than average rainfall,the country as a whole would have normal rainfall. As per data of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD),the country on an average receives 1,500-2,000 mm of rainfall annually. Last year,the country had received 92% of normal rainfall,while the country had received 102% of its normal rainfall in 2011.

Senior scientists from IMD,A K Srivastava and D S Pai from the city,had attended the meeting. Pai,while speaking to The Indian Express,said the SASCOF’s forecast is based on analysis,from a large amount of data,which is shared by the respective countries and also the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

“Due to this the forecast is scientific and to make it more accurate we use the latest tools and models in the field of climatology.”

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