Northeast Monsoon 2018 to end on a deficit note, Rabi crops to suffer

December 26, 2018 1:20 PM |

Draught Article

The Northeast Monsoon 2018 is almost about to end and the seasonal rainfall deficiency for the country is standing  at 43% as on December 25. The only exception for now is Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is excess by 27%, whereas, other states are either normal or rain deficit.

The Long Period Average (LPA) is -/+ 19% and as per the records Puducherry, Kerala and Lakshadweep all are in normal range category, however on the lower side of normal.

As on December 25, state of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu are rain deficit by 47%, 57%, 65% and 22%, respectively.

In this year, only three significant weather systems developed over Bay of Bengal- Cyclone Gaja, Cyclone Phethai and a well-marked low-pressure area. As per Skymet Weather’s Chief Meteorologist, Mr. Mahesh Palawat, the easterly waves which usually gives good rains over the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu remained inactive throughout the season. However, there were small surges in easterly waves which gave scattered rains only.

In the coming days as well, rain activities are not expected to increase. Although, there can be scattered light rains over parts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and South Interior Karnataka between December 28-30. Since, the intensity of these rains will be light to very light, hence we do not expect any improvement in the rainfall deficiency. Thus, Northeast Monsoon 2018 is going to end on a deficit note.

Many parts of the region will remain rain deficient and many districts would continue to face drought like conditions. Also, the failure of Northeast Monsoon will have repercussions on the upcoming Rabi crops because of the depletion of soil moisture.

Image Credit: Down To Earth

Please Note: Any information picked from here must be attributed to

For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
#Flood in #Northeast India: Extremely heavy rains to lash #Assam and #Meghalaya for next 48 hrs:
Thursday, June 27 10:12Reply
#Weather alert for #Bihar Spell of light to moderate #rain and #thundershower at some places with gusty winds to oc…
Thursday, June 27 10:07Reply
#Weather alert for #MadhyaPradesh Light to moderate #rain and #thundershowers with strong winds (40-50 kmph) at man…
Thursday, June 27 10:06Reply
Heavy #rain is likely over the northeastern states, particularly in #Assam and #Meghalaya for another 48 hours…
Thursday, June 27 09:51Reply
Light patchy #rain begins in #Mumbai, intensity and spread to increase as the day progresses
Thursday, June 27 08:47Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: ओड़ीशा, छत्तीसगढ़, महाराष्ट्र और मध्य प्रदेश में 29 जून से भारी बारिश
Wednesday, June 26 21:51Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: मुंबई में 27 से 29 जून के बीच होगी मूसलाधार वर्षा
Wednesday, June 26 21:51Reply
RT @SkymetHindi: हरियाणा का साप्ताहिक मौसम पूर्वानुमान (26 जून से 2 जुलाई, 2019), किसानों के लिए फसल सलाह
Wednesday, June 26 21:51Reply
RT @chinmaya_nand: Thanks to @SkymetWeather app that I was aware of Lightings. Rip to those, who died untimely. Proper #Weather #forecast a…
Wednesday, June 26 20:43Reply
#Monsoon is progressing! Know what more areas will it cover! Skymet’s #Weather forecast for tomorrow!
Wednesday, June 26 20:42Reply

latest news

USAID Skymet Partnership

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try