Rainfall across the country for the monsoon season from 1st June to 20th July 2015 is 322.6 mm as against the normal rainfall of 348.0 mm, 7 percent below the long period average (LPA).
This information was given by the Union Minister of State for of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences YS Chowdary in Lok Sabha.
Excepting North West India, all other homogenous regions have so far experienced below normal monsoon season rainfall.
Below normal rainfall over India as a whole realised so far during monsoon-2015 is largely attributable to the weak monsoon scenario prevailed for over 3-weeks during 26 June -18 July 2015. The rainfall forecast over the country as a whole during July is likely to be 92 percent of LPA and 90 percent of LPA during August both with a model error of ±9 percent.
El Nino has adversely affected the monsoon so far. As per the model forecasts, it is also expected to affect the monsoon in the coming months. According to the latest status, moderate EL Nino conditions are persisting in the Pacific and latest forecasts indicate that the EL Nino conditions are likely to strengthen further during the remaining months of the monsoon season and post-monsoon season.
Gramin Krishi Seva Scheme (GKMS) of IMD is rendered now on twice – weekly basis in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and institutions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Realised weather of the previous week and quantitative district level weather forecast for next 5 days in respect of rainfall, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, wind speed, wind direction, relative humidity and clouds as well as weekly cumulative rainfall forecast are provided. Further, crop specific advisories, generated in partnership with SAUs and ICAR, to help the farmers are issued and widely disseminated for planning possible contingency actions.