Northwest India winter rainfall performance

Rain in Punjab

Pan India comprises of four meteorological regions namely Northwest India, South Peninsula, East/Northeast India and Central India. In Northwest India we talk about the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh whose geographical terrain consist of hills, greenfield, plains and deserts.

Here winter rains also have a varied pattern. The winter season commences over Northwest India in the month of November, picking up pace from December and thereafter, January and February being the coldest months of the season.

Going with the statistical data, winter rains in the month of November and December remained very poor with only one pocket i.e. Jammu and Kashmir receiving near normal rains. Rest parts of Northwest India were largely rain deficient. Uttar Pradesh was the worst performer with 80% deficiency.

Following a similar trend, January 2019 also began on a poor note as no significant rains were observed. Entire Northwest India was rain deficient by 27% till the mid of January. Only two pockets, Jammu and Kashmir and West Rajasthan experienced near normal rains.

But during the second half of January the scenario changed completely as back to back active weather systems were seen affecting the hills and plains of North India. In the wake of these systems, heavy rain and snow was observed over the hills. Plains too observed good rains. The deficiency got wiped out completely by January 31 and rainfall in Northwest India was surplus by 26%.

Almost all the states were largely surplus with Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand being the winner. East Uttar Pradesh was the only region where a rainfall deficit of 31% was observed.

Further, in February with the ongoing significant weather activities over all the states, the first 10 days of the month has turned out to be largely rain surplus for Northwest India by a total of 71%, barring East Rajasthan which is still deficient by -10%.

As on February 10, Jammu and Kashmir is more than 100% rain surplus. Haryana is 3% surplus while East Uttar Pradesh which was largely deficient in January is surplus by 2%.

Therefore, we can say that the overall performance of rains over Northwest India is satisfactory so far.

Image Credit: Pininterest

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

Weather on Twitter
In #Rajasthan due to weather activities, some relief is expected from the #hot and #dry weather conditions in the r…
Tuesday, April 23 21:15Reply
पंजाब का साप्ताहिक मौसम पूर्वानुमान (23 से 29 अप्रैल)
Tuesday, April 23 21:00Reply
Weather Forecast April 24
Tuesday, April 23 20:45Reply
It seems that the wait for season’s maiden #cyclonic storm is going to end soon. #cyclonefani
Tuesday, April 23 20:30Reply
Rising sea levels will become a big problem for the city of #Chennai in less than a century from now.
Tuesday, April 23 20:00Reply
ओड़ीशा, छत्तीसगढ़, तेलंगाना, आंध्रा तथा कर्नाटक के कुछ भागों में गरज के साथ बारिश की संभावना
Tuesday, April 23 19:15Reply
24 अप्रैल का मौसम पूर्वानुमान
Tuesday, April 23 19:00Reply
#Puducherry, the French escapade of India
Tuesday, April 23 18:56Reply
The northern districts of #Punjab like Pathankot, #Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, #Ludhiana and #Chandigarh might…
Tuesday, April 23 18:30Reply
RT @Mpalawat: Both observatories of #Delhi have crossed 40 degree today. #Palam recorded highest of the season with a #Maximum of 42.5 degr…
Tuesday, April 23 18:27Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try