The lack of red color in the map and the presence of blue color might make it soothing for the eyes. But they hide the fact and at least 5 meteorological divisions had just missed the red color by a whisker. IMD does not provide tabular data, so we had to create one for ourselves.
|Met. Zone||Terrain||Normal Rainfall||Actual Rainfall||Change Noted|
|Coastal Karnataka||Coastal Plain||1990.4||1746||-12.28|
|Konkan and Goa||Coastal Plain||1643||1911.9||16.37|
|Saurashtra, kautch, Diu||Coastal Plain||262.7||470.5||79.10|
|Coastal A.P.||Coastal Plain||243.5||385.4||58.27|
|Tamil Nadu and Pondi.||Coastal Plain||107||165||54.20|
|Coastal Plain Total||6150||6320.3||2.76|
|Gangetic W.B.||Grain bowl||531.9||366.7||-31.06|
|East UP||Grain bowl||381.8||260.8||-31.69|
|West UP||Grain bowl||309.8||252.8||-18.39|
|Har., Chd and Delhi||Grain bowl||198.2||184.5||-6.91|
|Grain bowl Total||2103.2||1678.8||-20.18|
|Assam and Meghalaya||H.Plains and plateau||1121.8||795.7||-29.07|
|H.Plains and plateau Total||1121.8||795.7||-29.07|
|Sikkim Him. WB||Himalayan||1027||1185||15.38|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Himalayan||226.8||298.6||31.66|
|A + N Islands||Islands||818.7||926.8||13.20|
|E. Rajasthan||Low rainfall||268.5||213.9||-20.34|
|N. I. Karnataka||Low rainfall||210.7||271.8||29.00|
|W. Rajasthan||Low rainfall||119.6||174.5||45.90|
|Low rainfall Total||740.0||882.1||19.20|
|Chattisgarh||Plateau and Plains||546.7||453.1||-17.12|
|Jharkhand||Plateau and Plains||488||264.5||-45.80|
|Vidarbha||Plateau and Plains||467.1||510.8||9.36|
|East MP||Plateau and Plains||476.8||391.7||-17.85|
|Inner Gujarat and Daman||Plateau and Plains||435||394.1||-9.40|
|Madhya Maharashtra||Plateau and Plains||350.7||416.5||18.76|
|West MP||Plateau and Plains||381.6||282.9||-25.86|
|S. I. Karnataka||Plateau and Plains||347.6||313.4||-9.84|
|Telangana||Plateau and Plains||348.6||418.6||20.08|
|Marathwada||Plateau and Plains||315.4||408.6||29.55|
|Plateau and Plains Total||4157.5||3854.2||-7.30|
So we can see there are actually more areas in red. Lets check out where it has rained most,
- The traditionally low rainfall areas like west Gujarat, west Rajasthan great surplus of rain.
- The West coast and the state of along with Andhra Pradesh and Surprisingly Tamil Nadu.
- Western Himalayan States and Punjab. Here the no of rainy days has decreased but when it rained, it poured.
- Sikkim & North Bengal
There has been incidents of flash floods too. Neither floods nor Drought is good for the vast rural population of India.Many would like to discard the monsoon anomalies, as they have seen pictures of floods in Punjab and Hariyana on TV. But remember last year there were far more devastating floods in Orissa and Saurashtra, still the National consensus was 2009 was a drought year.
The major crop of monsoon has been predominantly rice and sugarcane. Rice being the staple food for majority of Indians in the states facing rainfall shortage. The rainfall is still not good enough for sowing the rice paddy, although it is great for city folks who face water-logging in their neighborhood.
Lets sign off with the latest satellite image which clearly shows weak monsoon clouds, with two blobs of cloud in the west coast and in the north.