Wheat-growing states see 99% rain deficiency in February
By Neha Madaan
India is staring at a 39% deficit in winter rainfall since January 1, with February seeing higher deficiency, which is one of the key reasons for the exacerbation of heat so early this year, weather forecasters told TOI on Thursday.
Major wheat-growing states, such as UP, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, are seeing 99-100% rainfall deficiency in February, which doesn’t augur well for the crop.
Wheat growers in these states said timely rainfall was needed to not just bring down the daytime heat quotient, but also to reduce irrigation cycles for rabi crops.
The IMD’s rainfall data for February 1-23 showed that east and west UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, east and west MP are currently recording 100% rain deficiency, while Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi stare at a 99% deficit.
Rajendra Jenamani, scientist at IMD’s National Weather Forecasting Centre, told TOI: “Significantly higher-than-normal maximum temperature over northwest India, Gujarat, Konkan and Goa during February 13-19 might be a result of the dry spell prevailing over the plains and subdued rainfall/snowfall over parts of the hills, besides no active western disturbances.”
Normally, parts of north India get good winter rainfall and some parts of north Maharashtra also get hailstorm activity in February, which did not happen this year, Jenamani said.
This article has been republished from The Times of India.