Status of southwest monsoon 2011 rainfall and weekly forecast (20- 26 August) and outlook for subsequent week (27 August- 02 September)

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Highlights of the week (11- 17 August)

• During this monsoon season so far, country as a whole has received highest rainfall (26% above LPA) during this week.

• During this week the country as a whole received above normal rainfall on most of the days.

• This enhanced rainfall is mainly attributed to the presence of (i) a well marked low pressure area which formed over Gangetic West Bengal and moved across Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh & Haryana during the week and (ii) its subsequent interaction with trough in mid-latitude westerlies.

• Due to enhanced rainfall activity during this week, deficiency in seasonal rainfall for the country as a whole has further reduced to 1% against 4% till previous week.