Monsoon bountiful all over except central, northeast

The crucial monsoon has brought bountiful rains across the country but has left most parts of Central India dry.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 19:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The crucial monsoon has brought
bountiful rains across the country but has left most parts of
Central India dry.

While peninsular region and northern parts of the country
experienced excess to normal showers, Central India continued
its dry run with Jharkhand getting 46 per cent less rain than
normal, followed by Gangetic West Bengal (-34 per cent) and
eastern Uttar Pradesh (-30 per cent).

The cumulative rainfall for the season, which began on
June one, was one per cent below normal, according to data
released by the weather office.

September is set to be the wettest month of the season
with scientists predicting 15 per cent more rains than normal
in the last month of the season.

"Rainfall over the country as a whole for September is
likely to be normal. Quantitatively, September rainfall is
likely to be 115 per cent of long period average (LPA) with a
model error of 15 per cent," the weather office said.

Assam-Meghalaya with (-26 per cent), Bihar (-23), East
Madhya Pradesh (-21) and Chhattisgarh (-20) continued to
remain in the deficient rainfall category.

Though Orissa, West Madhya Pradesh and West Uttar Pradesh
were bracketed in the normal rainfall category by the weather
office, the deficiency was too high and rains playing truant
for a couple of days could push them to the deficient
category.

While Orissa received 18 per cent less rains than normal,
West MP and West UP got 16 per cent less rains each.

The weather office has issued a warning on isolated heavy
rainfall over Uttrakhand, west Uttar Pradesh, northeastern
States and Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next two days.

The weekly reading reflects good showers over most parts
of the country, except the eastern region, where the seasonal
rains were poor.

PTI