Meteorological department records; Missed guess
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the country received the lowest rainfall in 19 years in August with 24 per cent less rainfall. Between 9-16 August and 23 to 27 August, the Northwest, Central and adjoining peninsulas as well as the west coast received less rainfall. The Indian Meteorological Department had earlier forecast regular rains in August.
In August 2021, the country received 24 per cent of the long-term average rainfall. August is the first time since 2002 that there has been such a low rainfall. Southwest monsoon rains start from 1st June and last till 30th September.
June had received 10 per cent more rainfall. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, July and August received 7 per cent and 24 per cent less rainfall, respectively.
The country received 24 per cent less rainfall than the average in August, while the central region received 39 per cent less rainfall. These include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha. Southwest monsoon rains have dropped by 30 per cent in northern India. The southern peninsula received 10 per cent less rainfall, while the eastern and northeastern regions received two per cent more rainfall than the average. The precipitation is expected to bring good rainfall in September.
The formation of low pressure belts had decreased and in August 2021, low pressure belts did not reach the west, resulting in less rainfall in Central India. The month of August saw a month-long negative Indian dipole in the tropical Indian Ocean belt, adversely affecting the Indian monsoon.
In the language of numbers
The three weeks of August 11, August 18 and August 25 saw less rainfall. The country received 35 per cent, 36 per cent and 21 per cent of the total rainfall during this period, which was far below the average.