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P. Sunderarajan

NEW DELHI: The India Meteorological Department on Friday forecast that over the next one week, rainfall activity over western, central and peninsular parts of the country is likely to remain subdued, even as Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and the north eastern region could continue to experience enhanced rainfall.

Met department is not the only one predicting weather in India. Forecasts are now sold by businesses to businesses

  Proof in hand

Farmers are opting for weather-based crop insurance due to frequent weather disturbances. Prashant Bachhav is one of them. He has six hectares (ha) in Nashik district in Maharashtra. Monsoon normally arrives in Nashik by June 10. Accordingly, Bachhav sowed jowar and bajra by mid-June. This year rainfall was sparse in June. Bachhav feared the yield would decrease by 30-40 per cent. He insures

Aparna Pallavi and Archita Bhatta From what to sow to when to reap, farmers need weather forecast at every step. It can make or break them The monsoon forecast in May said India would receive good rains this year, and the onset was predicted for the first week of June. Accordingly, farmer Lakshinarain Baghel bought 25,000 kg soybean seeds for his 25 hectares (ha) at Rs 30 a kg. He chose a

T. Ramakrishnan

CHENNAI: This July can well be regarded as the hottest July in 40 years, going by the meteorological data recorded in the two observatories

Rapid industrialisation over North India has taken its toll on climate. A study conducted at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, says the northern part of the country has had a more rapid temperature change compared to the southern part.

A weak monsoon looks set to leave northeastern India high and dry. In a striking paradox, the region that boasts the once-wettest Cherrapunji and is nestled among verdant hills faces chronic rain deficiency. Manipur has a deficit of 67 per cent, while Arunachal Pradesh, the least affected, is deficient by 29 per cent.

There have been good crops in years of poor rain
Surinder Sud / New Delhi July 28, 2009, 0:04 IST

There have been good crops in years of poor rain and huge variations in years which have had similar rain.