Monday, May 30, 2011

Monsoon arrives in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, May 29 : The monsoon has arrived inKerala. Heavy rains have been reported since Saturday night in the central and southern districts of the state, an official of the India Meteorological Department said.

Rains have also hit some parts of Tamil Nadu, south Bay ofBengal and south Andaman Sea, the official said Sunday.

Kumarakom, the pristine tourist destination in Kerala, has recorded the heaviest rainfall of 12 cm, he said.

An IMD report said that conditions were favourable for the advance of southwest monsoon over some more parts of the Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, south Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea and some parts of Karnataka during the next two-three days.

From 2005 onwards the IMD has been issuing forecast on the onset of monsoon over Kerala using an indigenously developed statistical model. The forecast based on this model during the last six years have been correct.

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