Inadequate Monsoon in South India Again this year

Published on: 22 Apr, 2013
Published under: Kerala Weather News

21 April 2013

The Kathmandu summit of the South Asia Climate Outlook Forum (Sascof-3) has indicated that monsoon rainfall over South Asia as a whole is likely to be normal this year. Entire Pakistan, adjoining western fringes of Rajasthan and almost entire western Jammu and Kashmir are likely to receive deficient rainfall.

But, worryingly, there are areas in the South which are forecast to witness deficiencies, Sascof-3 projections indicate. These include entire Kerala, most of Tamil Nadu, and South Interior Karnataka. Both Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands also fall in the same category. Kerala and Tamil Nadu had witnessed failed monsoon last year, and any further dryness coming into the region could spell disaster for crops and water availability situation.

The Sascof-3 statement said that a consensus outlook for the 2013 southwest monsoon rainfall over South Asia was developed, through an expert assessment of available indications. The outlook was prepared based on the various prevailing global climate conditions and forecasts from different climate models.

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