Widespread Rain May Impact Kerala; Andhra, Karnataka in for Isolated Rains

As of Tuesday, October 17, the Southwest Monsoons withdrawal line has moved into all of Northeast India and the remaining portion of Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, according to IMD. •A cyclonic circulation (CC) is located over the southeast Arabian Sea, near the coast of Lakshadweep associated with a Low Pressure Area(LPA) and is expected to turn into Well Marked Low Pressure Area over East central and adjoining south Arabian Sea in next 24 hours. •It could further intensify into a Depression over Central Arabian Sea around 21st October, as it moves away from the Indian mainland in a west-northwest direction. According to the GFS forecast, it might move northeast or north, possibly getting close to the Gujarat coast by midweek. •While another CC is situated over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman Sea, and is likely to move north-westwards and possibly a Low Pressure Area could form over central parts of Bay of Bengal by 20th October. •This system is expected to cause fairly widespread to widespread rain and thunderstorms over Kerala-Mahe, Lakshadweep, and the Andaman-Nicobar Islands over the next five days. •Puducherry and Tamil Nadu are anticipated to see thunderstorms and light to moderate rainfall for next 1-2 days. •Some regions of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka may experience isolated rainfall for next 1-2 days. •A weak Western Disturbance (WD) centred near north Pakistan and Haryana will still be affecting the Western Himalayan area, resulting in scattered showers over Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In high altitudes above 3000 metres, snowfall may occur. •For the next five days, the maximum temperatures in Northwest India are expected to be well below average, while the rest of the nation will have higher-than-average temperatures and no heat wave conditions. •Nationwide overnight minimums to stay higher than average. Advisory to Farmers: •Farmers are advised to stop irrigating the paddy crop before a fortnight to maintain the optimum grain moisture, facilitate easy harvesting and timely sowing of succeeding crop in the same field. •Farmers are also advised to harvest the mature crop in states like Punjab, Haryana, UP etc., as per the weather forecast and keep the harvested produce at a safer place. •To protect basmati rice from blast, spray 500 gm Indofil Z-78 or 200 ml Amritsar Top 325 SC per acre in 200 litres of water per acre at boot and ear emergence stage. •Rabi sowing of wheat, mustard, rapeseed and chickpea can be carried in this week. •To hasten boll opening in cotton, it is advised to withhold the irrigation to the crop. •Picking should be done after every 8-10 days to avoid loss. Do not keep the picked cotton in wet water channel in the field, as this practice impairs the quality of cotton. •The attack of maize borer can be checked by spraying with 30 ml of Coragen 18.5 SC in 60 litres of water per acre with knapsack sprayer. •It is the time for sowing of late season varieties and transplanting of mid-season varieties of cauliflower. •It is best time for sowing of spinach, fenugreek, coriander, radish, turnip, garlic and early varieties of pea i.e. Matar Ageta7 and AP-3. •Sowing of early varieties of potato can also be done i.e. Kufri Surya, Kufri Pukhraj, Kufri Ashoka and Kufri Chandramukhi.

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