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|June 5, 2012|
Monsoon hits Kerala coast
Thiruvananthapuram: The annual southwest monsoon, considered the key to agriculture, hit Kerala coast on Tuesday thereby
bringing much-needed relief to the farming community. The India Meteorological
Department (IMD) made the monsoon announcement today when 50 percent of the 14
observation stations in Kerala and Lakshadweep islands report rainfall for 48
hours. "We had predicted that monsoon would arrive around June 1, in which four
days were model error. We had forecast that monsoon could arrive by June 5. Our
prediction has been proven right as far as monsoon in Kerala is concerned," said
Director of Meteorological Observatory, New Delhi , B P Yadav. The arrival of
monsoon has brightened prospects of higher farm output by aiding farmers to plant
summer-sown crops such as rice, soybean and cotton on time. Meanwhile, New Delhi
witnessed a rare hailstorm followed by downpour on Tuesday afternoon. Indeed,
it ushered a great relief for the Delhites and the visitors, from sweltering heat.
" Delhi is expected to receive thundershowers to give respite from heat wave.
We expect some thunderstorm or squall in Delhi . The weather is cloudy which has
lessened heat wave," added Yadav. Residents of the national capital also expressed
their joy following the pleasant weather. "The weather in Delhi has become very
pleasant. We have got relief from summer. People are very happy," said Mohan Sachdeva,
a resident of New Delhi.
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