Weather Based Agro Advisory

Crop losses due to unseasonal rains during 1st week of March 2015 and Contingency Recommendations

Significant weather observations

  • Thunderstorms have been observed at a few places over West Bengal & Sikkim, Odisha, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Karnataka and Tamilnadu between 0830 hours of yesterday to 0830 hours IST of today.

Main Weather Observations

  • Rain/thundershower has occurred at most places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura; at many places over North Interior Karnataka; at a few places over Gangetic West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Telangana, Coastal Karnataka and Kerala; at isolated places over Sub Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Konkan & Goa, South Interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Lakshadweep.
  • The amounts of rainfall (1 cm or more) recorded at 0830 hours IST of today are: Haflong-7; Agartala-5; Itanagar,Dibrugarh, Silchar and Balasore-4each; Lengpui-3; Passighat, Deomali, Imphal and Long Island-2each; Rangia, Tangla, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur, Kailashahar, Burdwan, Kolkata, Sambalpur, Chandbali and Mangaluru-1each.
  • Minimum temperatures are above normal by 2-4°C at many places over Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan & Goa; at a few places over Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Saurashtra & Kutch; at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, South Interior Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. They are below normal by 2-3°C at isolated places over Haryana, East Uttar Pradesh and Odisha and near normal over rest of the country.
  • Highest maximum temperature of 43.6°C was recorded at Daltonganj (Jharkhand).
  • Kalpana-1: Cloud imagery of 0830 hours IST shows convective clouds over Mizoram, south Arabian Sea, north & south east Bay of Bengal and south Andaman sea. Low/medium clouds are seen over rest parts of the country outside western Himalayan region, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat state.

Figure: 1. Latest available satellite picture as on 23rd April 2015 at 0230 Hrs (IST). Figure: 2. Precipitation forecast for 23rd to 1st May 2015 (Source: NOAA NCEP).

Weather Forecast for next 5 days (upto 0830 hours IST of 28thApril, 2015)

  • Gradual rise in day temperatures over northwest, central and west India.
  • Latest available satellite picture (Fig.1) indicates the current cloud condition across Indian region.
  • The climate outlook for the period of seven days i.e. 23rdApril to 01st May 2015 (Fig.2). Rain/thundershowers would occur over western Himalayan region, northeastern states, east India and peninsular India.

Weather Outlook for subsequent 2 days from 28thApril to 30thApril 2015

  • Rain/thundershowers would occur at a few places over western Himalayan region.
  • Rain/thundershowers would occur at many places over northeastern states and at a few places over east India.
  • Isolated to scattered rain/thundershowers would occur over peninsular India.

Agricultural activities

  • Light rainfall received in Marathwada region of Maharashtra state during past few days. Agricultural operations like harvesting of matured late sown wheat, irrigation to sugarcane, summer groundnut and vegetables. Apply the mulch with crop residue or other waste material to preserve soil moisture in the field. Irrigation to the banana plant and cover the banana bunch with dried banana leaves or gunny bag to protect from bright sunshine and protect the grafts of mango from bright sunshine by preparing temporary shed are in progress. No major pests and diseases were noticed.
  • Light rainfall received in Andhra Pradesh state during past few days. The maximum temperatures were 39°C to  43°C in the districts of Rayalaseema and 33°C to 38°C in the districts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh and minimum temperatures were 20°C to 25°C in the districts of Rayalaseema, and 24°C to 27°C in the districts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh. Agricultural operations like harvesting of paddy and sugarcane crops are in progress. Low intensity of stem borer in rice and thrips chilli crop was noticed.
  • Light rainfall received in Assam state during past few days. The daily average maximum temperature was 28.1°C which is 0.1 °C above normal and the average daily minimum temperature was 18.4°C which is 0.3°C below normal. Agricultural operations like sowing of summer vegetables, planting of sugarcane, coconut, banana, ginger and turmeric crops are in progress. No major pests and diseases were noticed.

(Source:Email:, CRIDA, Hyderabad )

Updated on 23-04-2015 05:40 PM

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