An anxious wait for the monsoon is finally over.
But the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the southwest monsoon has struck the Kerala coast at least three days earlier than scheduled.
Though, none are complaining as the early arrival of the monsoon is expected to boost agricultural output.
It is also going to inturn boost the national economy.
Monsoon delivers nearly 70 percent of rains that the country needs. This is the earliest start to the monsoon, the lifeblood of India’s $2 trillion economy, since 2011.
It is said that India still depends heavily on rainy season for catering to its nearly half of farmland that is still without any irrigation cover.
Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, had declared the arrival f monsoon in Kerala on Monday.
As per the weather office, if 60 per cent of the available 14 stations -Minicoy, Amini, Thiruvananthapuram, Punalur, Kollam, Allapuzha, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, Kudulu and Mangalore – report 2.5 mm or more rainfall for two consecutive days, the onset of monsoon over Kerala can be declared on the second day. This is one of the main parameters for declaring monsoon arrival.>