17 days ahead of normal onset time, monsoon has clouded up and engulfed entire country with its hails – and it is official with a statement from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) as rain has reached Sriganganagar – the last place in India to receive seasonal rainfall.
Typically, monsoon arrives the southernmost Indian coastal tip in Kerala at around June 1 – but this year, it reached three days earlier on May 29 than expected date. The rain had bulked up and flooded southern India ever since then – including Kerala, Karnataka and Goa, down pouring 20% more than regular already. Spreading across the country, the south western monsoon wind is advancing into the remaining parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan and north Arabian Sea and most parts of India have already received its first rainfall on 29th June – more than 15 days (17 to be precise) earlier than normal date for the onset of monsoon in India.
Monsoon is official as the Indian Meteorological Department too, says that monsoon has arrived a fortnight earlier than expected date after clouds reached the far-ends of Rajasthan – Sriganganagar, which is the last outpost to receive rainfall in the country. While the deserted land of Sriganganagar has been drenched by rain, monsoon trough which is currently seen to the south of its normal position is likely to shift northwards towards the foothills of the Himalayas from July 1 to July 6.
Perhaps, IMD had already forecasted early rainfall and now the meteorological suggests that India is likely to receive a “better monsoon” than it did in 2017 – or at least, equally distributed “normal rainfall” between 96 to 104% from June to September this year.