The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will start giving state-specific monsoon forecast from next year.

“The IMD will start making state-wise monsoon forecast from 2017 apart from zone-wise prediction,” Union Minister for Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan told PTI.

Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Sciences M Rajeevan said from 2018-19 it will be extended to include other seasons. “The National Monsoon Mission has already been approved. It’s a Rs 400 crore project. Dynamic model is being introduced now. Big computers have already been installed, the programmes have been put in place.”

“From next year we will start a spatial model. We will start giving monthly models. These are in advanced stages. There is a detailed plan to take it to the block level in next 2-3 years,” Harsh Vardhan said.

The IMD currently gives zone-specific daily monsoon forecast during the season for northwest, central India, southern peninsula and east and northeast regions. It is further divided into sub-zones.

Source: May 30, 2016, The Tribune