Southwest monsoon withdraws, leaves 9% rain deficit



Twelve of the 36 meteorological subdivisions recorded deficient rainfall, while the rest witnessed normal to excess rain. In total, 38 per cent of the 662 districts received below-normal rain.



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Once again, IMD, Skymet differ on rain forecast



Skymet lowered its full season monsoon forecast to ‘below normal’ from ‘normal’, while the IMD is sticking to its earlier forecast that rains in June to September of 2018 would be ‘normal’ at 97 per cent of the LPA with a model error of +/-5 per cent.



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El Nino likely to impact monsoon this year



Monsoon revival over weekend likely, but second-half rainfall may be muted. If the rains become scarce after mid-August, the standing kharif crops might be impacted



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