2016 was a good year, as far as the monsoons were concerned. However, things could change in 2017, as private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted below normal rainfall this monsoon season. The report published by Skymet reveals that several regions in the country would receive below normal rainfall. These regions predicted to have deficient rainfall include the north-west, west, southern peninsula and southern regions of the country. The report also provides a detailed view by indicating that below normal rainfall will occur in Punjab, western Madhya Pradesh, central Maharashtra and Goa.
However, the other aspect is that some regions will witness good rainfall. According to Skymet prediction, regions that will experience good rainfall include eastern Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. Overall, Skymet has predicted a 95% average rainfall across India. It may be recalled that as per current standards, rainfall between 96 to 104 percent is considered normal, whereas rainfall between 90 to 95 percent is considered below normal.