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Time to Rejoice- Monsoon hits Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: The weather forecasting department on Wednesday declared the onset of the monsoon which marks the beginning of a widely anticipated wet season.

It has been raining in Kerala for the past two days but the Met declares the monsoon’s arrival only when the rains fulfill a raft of meteorological parameters. “All these criteria have been met,” a Met department official in Kerala said over the phone.

Last week, the India meteorological department (IMD) updated the forecast, in which it said the monsoon would mostly likely be higher than normal and evenly spread, necessary for good food output.

The hitting of monsoon will bring rejoice to the government and millions of farmers alike in a country battling a severe drought. Over the past 48 hours in Kerala, at least eight designated places received rainfall of 2.5 mm or more, a key criterion for the monsoon to be officially declared as active. Other parameters such as wind conditions, the monsoon’s location and levels of infrared energy bouncing backing from the Earth’s surface are within the range required for the monsoon’s onset, an official said.

In its updated forecast, the Met stuck to its April prediction that the June-September rainy season would be 106% of the long-period average (50 years). According to the Met’s classification, the monsoon is considered normal if it is 96-104% of the 50-year average of 89 cm. If rains are between 104-110%, it is considered above normal.

Northern states such as foodbowl Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and Delhi will get above-normal rainfall. In central India and peninsular India, a region that grows important crops such as paddy, pulses and gram, the rains would be way above normal at 113%.

Heavy rainfall towards the end of the season in September is predicted to be stronger.

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