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Pacific storms seen eroding monsoon strength

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on June 22, 2011

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The depression over east Madhya Pradesh and adjoining south Uttar Pradesh remained practically stationary and lay centred over east Madhya Pradesh close to Panna on Wednesday afternoon.

The system is likely to move westwards and weaken gradually, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in an update in the evening.

Monsoon has advanced over some more parts of Arabian Sea, Gujarat region, entire Maharashtra and east Madhya Pradesh, most parts of west Madhya Pradesh and some more parts of west Uttar Pradesh.

The northern limit passed through Veraval, Navsari, Ujjain, Gwalior, Shahjahanpur, and Mukteshwar.

Conditions are favourable for its further advance over some more parts of

Arabian sea and Gujarat, remaining parts of west Madhya Pradesh, more parts of west Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and some parts of east Rajasthan.

Parts of West Rajasthan, with the granary States of Punjab and Haryana, may have to sit out of this session. But, except west Rajasthan, the rest has received good pre-monsoon showers as also from passing westerly troughs.

Global models say the depression may continue to churn into the weekend before fading out after monsoon flows divert themselves into tropical storms in the northwest Pacific and the South China Sea basin.

There are two named tropical storms already – Meari in northwest Pacific and Haima in South China Sea. Meari is forecast to attain typhoon status in due course. Since it is tracking east-northeast, it can do more damage to Indian monsoon.

Published on June 22, 2011

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