Southwest Monsoon has come to a close now with rains being below normal Pan India. Monsoon 2023 has finished at 94 percent of the LPA as was forecast by Skymet. Coming to regionwise rains, Central India has come up to be the best performing region with all the subdivisions being in normal category (normal being +/-19 percent). Saurashtra and Kutch at +47 percent has gained the first position in the region and comes second Pan India, after Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Konkan and Goa in the West Coast have done well at +11 percent.
As far as the worst-performing region is concerned, East and Northeast India have not fared well with four out of seven sub divisions in the deficient category including Jharkhand, Bihar, NMMT and Gangetic West Bengal. The only sub division with positive figures this Monsoon for East and Northeast India has been Sikkim and Sub Himalayan West Bengal at +7 percent.
Northwest India has also been a decent performer this Monsoon season with the only region deficient being East Uttar Pradesh at -29 percent. Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi have observed normal rains at -1 percent. In the hilly regions, Himachal Pradesh has done pretty well at +19 percent with Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir in second place at 5 percent surplus. West Rajasthan has been the top notch performer here at +42 percent.
For South India, Kerala has been deprived of Monsoon rains and ended with a deficit of 34 percent followed by South Interior Karnataka which has been rain deficient by 28 percent. None of the regions Pan India have ended on a large excess note and despite many regions being in the normal category, 23 out of 36 sub divisions have received in the minus range. All in all, rains have been below normal for Southwest Monsoon 2023.