Mumbai, August 1: Many states received moderate to heavy rainfall in July this year. The intensity of rain was high in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Assam, however, South India comparatively received less rainfall in July. At the halfway mark of the June-September season, the monsoon stands at 2 per cent above normal, in keeping with expectations of good rainfall this year, reported TOI.
The rains in July had a deviation of 0 per cent from the long period average. It was higher than the Indian Meteorological Department’s forecast of a 4 per cent deficit in the month. Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch region and western Rajasthan got a disproportionately high share of rain. The heavy showers lead to massive flooding in many regions, whereas the deficit in South India was a huge 36 per cent for the month. (ALSO READ: Gujarat Floods Leave 213 Dead, CM Vijay Rupani to Camp in Banaskantha For Five Days)
“Low-pressure systems usually form in the Bay of Bengal during the monsoon season and move west over the Indian landmass, causing rain over areas in their path. During July, most systems followed a more northern path than usual, and invariably ended up in Gujarat or south Rajasthan,” said D Sivananda Pai, head of IMD’s long-range forecasting. Pai also said that some low-pressure systems that were formed over Gujarat and Rajasthan caused rains while interacting moist winds from the west known as western disturbances. The TOI reports said that in the absence of large-scale features such as El Nino or La Nina conditions in the Pacific that impact overall precipitation patterns, monsoon rainfall this year largely depended on more local features such as low-pressure systems.