India’s monsoon gets a new and lower ‘normal’
New Delhi: Come Monday, the Indian monsoon will get a new ‘normal’. Every year, the weather department benchmarks that season’s rainfall against a ‘normal’ derived from long period average (LPA) of 50 years. This has now been revised downward from 89 cm to 88 cm.
“The LPA of 88 cm is now the new normal. The India Meteorological Department will release its final monsoon report using this new normal,” Madhavan Rajeevan, secretary, ministry of earth sciences, told TOI. The IMD had arrived at the 89-cm figure based on average rainfall during1951-2000 period. The new average figure of 88 cm is ba sed on rainfall during 19612010 period, reflecting decline in average rainfall in India.