Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
TopicMonsoon season

Topic: Monsoon season

Monsoon has turned normal, IMD says. But it really hasn’t if you see regional variations

While heavy rains have lashed parts of Assam and Meghalaya in the northeast, planting of rain-fed kharif crops has been delayed in Odisha, where the rain deficit is 39%.

Southwest monsoon arrives in Delhi after long delay, brings relief from severe heat wave

The minimum temperature dropped to 25.2 degrees celsius in the national capital after receiving 24.8 mm heavy rainfall Tuesday.

A hotter Iran means increased monsoon flow on Indian subcontinent, study finds

New research from University of Kansas suggests that the positive dust–monsoon correlation could be partially attributed to the heating over the Iranian Plateau.

With no El Nino or La Nina, monsoon expected to be close to normal this year

The monsoon, which typically runs from June to September, is considered normal when total rainfall is between 96% and 104% of the national average of just over 88cm.

Kharif crop expected to be hit as excessive monsoon rain floods fields, sparks pest attacks

The excess rainfall is likely to damage crops such as soybean, onion, urad and moong in major production states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

Why August rains hold the key to India’s economic recovery after erratic monsoon

The monsoon petered out in July & economists will closely monitor rainfall pattern in coming weeks for hints about the future of the rural economy.

Covid spread might pick up pace during peak monsoon & winter, claims IIT-AIIMS study

The rainfall, decrease in temperatures and cooling of the atmosphere coupled with progression towards winter may environmentally favour the spread of the virus.

Good monsoon rains expected to mitigate some impact of coronavirus on Indian economy

A good monsoon assumes greater significance this year as millions have lost livelihoods because of the stringent lockdown imposed to stem the coronavirus.

IMD forecasts monsoon will hit Kerala four days later than usual

The June-September rains is critical to Indian agriculture as it not only waters some fields directly, but also fills reservoirs that help irrigate winter-sown crops.

Severe cold in warm winter, floods in normal monsoon — why IMD gets its forecasts so wrong

Lack of infrastructure, complex nature of weather, and poor coordination make forecasting weather a tough proposition, not only in India but across the world.  

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.