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Southwest monsoon hits Kerala: IMD

Southwest monsoon hits Kerala: IMDThe onset of monsoon over the southern state marks the commencement of the four-month-long rainy season in the country. June 1 is the official onset date for the arrival of monsoon in the country and it takes more than a month-and-half to cover the entire country.PTI | Updated: May 29, 2018, 12:04 IST

Highlights

  • The onset of monsoon in Kerala marks the commencement of the four-month-long rainy season in the country
  • The IMD has made a forecast of "normal" rainfall this season
  • June 1 is the official onset date for the arrival of monsoon in India
A man stands by the Arabian Sea coast as it drizzles in Kochi. (AP photo)A man stands by the Arabian Sea coast as it drizzles in Kochi. (AP photo)NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on Tuesday, three days before its scheduled arrival, says the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The onset of monsoon over the southern state marks the commencement of the four-month-long rainy season in the country.
June 1 is the official onset date for the arrival of monsoon in the country and it takes more than a month-and-half to cover the entire country.
The IMD has made a forecast of "normal" rainfall this season.
Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency and a rival of the IMD, had said that the monsoon made its arrival in Kerala + on Monday.
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According to the IMD, if after May 10, 60 per cent of the available 14 stations -- Minicoy, Amini, Thiruvananthapuram, Punalur, Kollam, Allapuzha, Kottayam, Kochi, Thri ssur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, Kudulu and Mangalore -- report 2.5 mm or more rainfall for two consecutive days, the onset of monsoon over Kerala can be declared on the second day. This is one of the main parameters for declaring the arrival of monsoon.
Besides this factor, the westerly winds must be up to 15,000 feet above main sea level and outgoing long-wave radiation less than 200 wm-2 (watt per square metre) to declare the arrival of monsoon.
All the necessary parameters were met following which the onset of monsoon over Kerala was announced, Mritunjay Mohapatra, Additional Director General, IMD said.
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