Southwest Monsoon hits Kerala, conditions favourable for further advance
Southwest Monsoon hits Kerala, conditions favourable for further advance

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The much-anticipated Southwest Monsoon arrived in Kerala on Sunday, three days early than its usual June 1 start date, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The arrival of the Southwest Monsoon over Kerala is the most awaited news at this time of year for the rural sector. Whether or not the monsoon is typical has a significant impact on crop production in the domestic economy.

"On Sunday, the southwest monsoon moved into the remaining portions of the south Arabian Sea, the Lakshadweep area, most of Kerala, some parts of south Tamil Nadu, parts of the Gulf of Mannar, and more parts of the southwest Bay of Bengal. Thus, the Southwest Monsoon has arrived in Kerala today, three days ahead of schedule, as opposed to June 1 "According to an IMD release.

Wind speed, direction, outgoing Long Wave Radiation (OLR), and rainfall at approved locations are all required for the Southwest Monsoon to be declared over Kerala.

"Westerly winds have a depth of up to 4.5 km above mean sea level. Westerly winds have grown in strength across the southeast Arabian Sea, gusting to 15-20 kts (25-35 kmph) "said the IMD. "Cloudiness has increased over the southeast Arabian Sea and nearby parts of Kerala, and the average outgoing longwave radiation (OLR) is about 189.7 W/M2 (fulfilling the criterion of OLR is less than 200 W/M2)," it said.

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