India to get normal monsoon: IMD
New Delhi: The country will get a normal monsoon this year, benefiting agriculture, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Tuesday.
“As per present estimation, the distribution of rainfall is likely to follow the climatological factors… we assess normal rainfall at 96 percent (plus/minus 5 per cent),” IMD Director General KJ Ramesh said at press conference here.
The date of the monsoon’s onset into Kerala will be announced in late May, he added.
Anything between 96 and 104 per cent of the LPA is considered as “normal”. Anything under 96 per cent is considered as “below normal” and 104-110 per cent of the LPA as “above normal”.
Last year, the IMD had made an initial forecast of “above normal” rainfall, but it belied its prediction and ended the seasons with normal precipitation.