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Iailed monsoons play havoc with millions of farmers in central India leading to crippling poverty and soaring suicides.(AP file photo)

Why meteorological department’s monsoon forecast is often inaccurate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 08:03 AM IST
The India Meteorological Department’s southwest monsoon forecasts provide critical information to at least 700 million people in India who depend, directly or indirectly, on agriculture for a livelihood. Yet, the predictions are, quite often, far from accurate.
According to Skymet forecast, for Mumbai, the southwest monsoon will be delayed and is expected to set in by the second half of June. The intensity [of rain] throughout the season will not be as high as it has been over the past few years.(Pratik Chorge/HT File)
According to Skymet forecast, for Mumbai, the southwest monsoon will be delayed and is expected to set in by the second half of June. The intensity [of rain] throughout the season will not be as high as it has been over the past few years.(Pratik Chorge/HT File)

Late in Mumbai, less in Maharashtra: Skymet’s monsoon forecast

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2019 12:53 PM IST
Skymet’s weather models indicate that in June and the first two weeks of July, there will be deficient rain, especially over Vidarbha, Marathwada and adjoining parts of Maharashtra.
The BSE Sensex had gained 1,286.36 points in the previous eight sessions.(Abhijit Bhatlekar/ Mint)
The BSE Sensex had gained 1,286.36 points in the previous eight sessions.(Abhijit Bhatlekar/ Mint)

Sensex, Nifty mark longest winning run in over three years

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 06:08 PM IST
The BSE Sensex settled the day 89.63 points, or 0.26%, higher at 34,395.06, its highest level since February 26 when it settled at 34,445.75.
Before receiving average rains in 2016, India suffered back-to-back drought years for only the fourth time in more than a century, hurting incomes and driving some farmers to suicide.(HT File Photo)
Before receiving average rains in 2016, India suffered back-to-back drought years for only the fourth time in more than a century, hurting incomes and driving some farmers to suicide.(HT File Photo)

Monsoon rains to be normal this year, forecasts Skymet

Malavika Vyawahare, New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 05:51 PM IST
India defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 89 cm for the entire four-month season beginning June.
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