IMD Predicts ‘Above Normal Rainfall’ In February Across India, Will it Benefit Rabi Crops? Know More

As per IMD, above-normal temperatures and rainfall are expected throughout India in February, this might benefit rabi crops after dry December and January.

by Tashika Tyagi
IMD Predicts ‘Above Normal Rainfall’ In February Across India, Will it Benefit Rabi Crops? Know More

Looks like we have a rainy February ahead of us! In a press conference by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), they revealed that there will be above-normal rainfall in India during February. This comes as a relief after we went through a drier-than-usual December and January this season. Read on to know how this rainfall will affect us and the crops in the upcoming months.

IMD Prediction Of More Than Long Period Average Rainfall In February

rainfall February
Image Courtesy: Canva

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Northwest India can expect normal to above-normal rainfall in February. This region recorded 3.1 mm of rainfall in January. This is the second-lowest rainfall in the month since 1901. After a long dry spell experienced in December and January this season, such rainfall is expected to benefit crops. Moreover, more rainfall is expected throughout India. Furthermore, normal to above-normal rainfall is predicted over northeast and central parts of India. In the south peninsular, IMD predicted below-normal rainfall.

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said in the press conference, “Monthly rainfall over the country as a whole during February is most likely to be above normal.” It is expected to be more than 119% of the long-period average as per IMD.

Also Read: Passing Through Snowy Tracks, Ashwini Vaishnaw Shares Glimpses Of Baramulla-Banihal Train During Snowfall

How This Rainfall Will Affect Crops, Especially In North India

rainfall february
Image Courtesy: Canva

The northwest, west-central, northeast, and parts of east-central India will also see above-normal maximum temperatures in February. This rainfall and temperature are important during this period for rabi crops, especially wheat. Since the crop has suffered yield loss for the last two years, this weather condition is likely to improve crop quality and quantity this year.

As per IMD, India witnessed a rainfall deficiency of 58% in January this year. This has led to extremely dry, drought-like conditions in many parts of the country. If the heavy rainfall doesn’t happen in February, then there will be concerns about the production of horticulture crops and spices. So, we hope that the rain gods show some mercy to the farmers this year!

Cover Image Courtesy: Canva

For more such snackable content, interesting discoveries and the latest updates on food, travel and experiences in your city, download the Curly Tales App. Download HERE.