Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Expect monsoon by first week of June

Expect monsoon by first week of June

Bangalore: South-West monsoon is likely to touch coastal Karnataka soon.
According to M B Rajegowda, professor of agrometeorology, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, the monsoon may affect many parts of the state during the first week of June.
The monsoon has been predicted to be “normal’’ by several agencies, with the state average tipped to be around 805 mm.
“The normal onset of the monsoon is on June 1. This year, we can look forward to an onset advanced by two days,’’ Rajegowda said. It is tipped to hit the Kerala coast by the end of May.
The UAS, GKVK, has also conducted an analysis of the expected rainfall in different meteorological sub-divisions of the state.
According to the analysis, the coastal regions of the state could get up to 3,618 mm of rainfall this monsoon. The figures for North Interior Karnataka (NIK) and South Interior Karnataka (SIK) are 625 mm and 516 mm, respectively.
Though the prediction is of a normal monsoon this year, the analysis also indicates a “slightly positive’’ rainfall in some regions of the state.
Pre-monsoon showers are expected to continue in different parts of the state. In Bangalore, the weather forecast continues to indicate rain or thundershowers towards the evening.
On Tuesday, Bangalore had a spell of pre-monsoon showers again. The late afternoon showers came after a sultry morning.
Tree uprooted
On Venkatappa Road, Queen’s Road Cross, an uprooted tree spelt trouble for residents, who alleged that ongoing work on drains in the neighbourhood led to the fall.
“This is not the first time that trees have fallen after earth around them was dug up. Despite repeated complaints to the BBMP, there has been no action,’’ said a resident.


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