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Rain Gods defy Met office forecast, farmers breathe easy

Contrary to Indian Metrological Department’s (IMD) weak monsoon predictions, the <g data-gr-id="21">rain bearing</g> winds from the sea have continued to spring <g data-gr-id="19">surprise</g>. The monsoon this season has registered 21% above normal rainfall. According to experts, this trend is expected to continue till the end of this month, which will be a big nature’s gift for farmers during the crucial planting period of the <g data-gr-id="22">kharif</g> crop.

According to weather officials, the depression in Northeast and adjoining East Arabian Sea remained practically stationary for 12 hours. The system is likely to intensify into a deep depression and will move in an eastward direction, closer to the Indian coast. “We can see a deep trough extending from North to South Pakistan in the higher levels. 

This trough will not only help in the intensification of the system but also prevent its westward movement. Accordingly, it is likely to cross Veraval in the Saurashtra region in next 24 hours,” <g data-gr-id="23">Skymet</g> said. The monsoon has already delivered 21 per cent excess rainfall since the start of the season. 26 out of the 36 subdivisions in the country have received excess to normal rainfall. In the next 24 hours, the weather office has forecast very heavy rainfall to occur at Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. 
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