23 pc rainfall deficiency across India, says IMD
Central India, including Maharashtra, reported eight per cent pre-monsoon rainfall deficiency
Pune: As the last week of May approaches, the pre-monsoon rainfall recorded across the country has been 23 per cent deficient, stated the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Central India, including Maharashtra, reported eight per cent pre-monsoon rainfall deficiency, which is between March 1 and May 22.
In the drought-hit Marathwada, the normal expected rainfall was 20.7 mm and the actual was 6.1 mm, leading to 71 per cent deficiency. In central Maharashtra, there was 71 per cent deficiency. The normal rainfall was 24.9 mm and the actual was 7.2 mm.
For Vidarbha, the normal expected rainfall is 26.5 mm, but the actual was 6.8 mm with 74 per cent. For Konkan and Goa, there was a 95 per cent deficiency with only 0.7 mm rainfall. The expected rainfall was 15.9 mm.
AK Srivastava, Head of Climate Monitoring and Analysis Group at IMD, Pune, said the pre-monsoon rainfall is often followed by a thunderstorm. “Pre-monsoon rainfall over the State is generally not more. In normal terms, it is hardly around 2.5 to 3 cm during a span of three months. But as the earth heats, we witness rainfall in some amount to cool weather. However, this is not the case every year. So, this year, an overall deficiency is reported by the Met department,” he said.