India's increasingly unusual monsoons

07 OCT,2019 | MEDC


 

The end of September is officially the end of the monsoon in India. The country has seen the highest rains in 25 years, and the complete withdrawal of the monsoon is unlikely before mid-October. This is the most delayed withdrawal of the southwest monsoon recorded by the IMD. Many other records have also been broken. It was the first time after 1931 that the monsoon was excess after the June rainfall was over 30% deficient. It is also the first time after 2010 that rainfall in three consecutive months (July, August and September) was above average. Climate change is predicted to hit India hard, and the signs are becoming increasingly visible. The silver lining is that good rain boosted kharif sowing, which till the end of June was looking unpromising. Water management infrastructure needs to be urgently developed to harness the benefits of our increasingly unusual monsoons.

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