India to see "normal" monsoon in 2017; 99% of normal monsoon in August: IMD
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said this year rainfall over the country for the period June-September is likely to be Normal with 96% to 104% of long period average (LPA).
In a statement, IMD said, that quantitatively, monsoon season rainfall for the country as a whole is likely to be 98% of the LPA with a model error of plus minus 4%. The LPA rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1951-2000 is 89 cm.
Giving monthly forecast, IMD mentioned that monsoon over the country is likely to be 96% of its LPA during July and 99% of LPA during August both with a model error of ± 9 %.
"The season rainfall is likely to be 96% of LPA over North-West India, 100% of LPA over Central India, 99% of LPA over South Peninsula, and 96% of LPA over North-East India all with a model error of ± 8 %," IMD said.
Monsoon predictions are considered to be very vital for Indian economy as agriculture still largely is dependent on the weather phenomenon.
In the earlier forecast, on April 18, IMD had said that rainfall may be 96% of the normal with an error margin of 5% on either side. IMD had also said that there are more than 50% chance of El-Nino developing from August.