At 97 percent, normal monsoon this year, says IMD

Meteorology Department warns of thunder rain and strong wind

The country is likely to see normal monsoon rains, though there's a threat from an anomalous warming in the Indian Ocean, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. India had 95 per cent of the LPA rainfall previous year - as against the first forecast of 96 per cent of the LPA (with an error margin of +/- 5 per cent). In 2016, good monsoon has led to record production of oilseeds, food grains and also triggered a 4.2 per cent agriculture growth.

The onset of the monsoon in June kick-starts planting of rain-fed Kharif crops.

As the extreme sea surface temperature conditions over the Pacific and Indian Oceans particularly ENSO conditions over the Pacific (El Nino or La Nina) are known to have strong influence on the Indian summer monsoon, IMD is carefully monitoring the sea surface conditions over the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Two die in separate domestic stabbings in London
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Last year, the country as a whole received rainfall that was 95 per cent of its long-period average. Forecast on distribution of rainfall and prediction on monthly rains for July, August and September will be made by the IMD in early June.

The four-month monsoon season provides about 70 per cent of the country's annual rainfall. Anything between 90-96 per cent of the LPA is considered "below normal".

The IMD's reasoning for the unexpected break is that it was caused by intra-seasonal variability as Pacific cyclones over Bay of Bengal pulled the monsoon currents towards them, leading to the disappearance of rains over Central and Northern India, plunging them on the brink of drought.

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