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Monsoon may hit Kerala before May 30

The normal date of onset of monsoon over Kerala is June 1

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Monsoon may hit Kerala before May 30

The (IMD) may have announced the onset of in on May 30 this year, but seasonal rainfall may arrive a day before.

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) Secretary M Rajeevan said the conditions look favourable for arrival of before the announced date.

"The announced onset date for is May 30, but there is a possibility that it may hit a day before that," Rajeevan told PTI.

The normal date of onset of over is June 1, which marks arrival of seasonal rainfall in the country.

With chances of El Nino, a phenomena associated with warming of Pacific waters, the IMD has predicted a normal this year.

Rajeevan said the ministry will also undertake a programme starting this to study the viability of cloud seeding.

He was speaking at an event organised to publicise the ministry's achievements since the NDA government came to power in 2014. MoES minister and his deputy were also present at the event.

The programme will be carried out using two research aircrafts. One plane would be undertaking the exercise of cloud seeding while another aircraft would take samples to study its viability.

in Maharashtra has been chosen to conduct the research.

"We intend to take 200 samples that can help us understand how effective is the concept of cloud seeding. The programme will be carried over a period of three years," he said.

Several states like have also been conducting research on cloud seeding.

First Published: Tue, May 23 2017. 21:34 IST