In­dia’s mon­soon gets a new and lower ‘nor­mal’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - Vishwa.Mo­han @times­group.com

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.

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