Why the southwest monsoon is early

  • Published
    17th Jun, 2021

GS-I: Geography

  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.

Just few days after it broke over the Kerala coast two days behind schedule, the southwest monsoon has progressed rapidly to cover two-thirds of the country. The reasons for this are given as

  • Cyclone Yaas
  • strong westerly winds from the Arabian Sea
  • off-shore trough prevailing for a week between Maharashtra and Kerala
  • formation of a low-pressure system over the North Bay of Bengal

Prelims question:

Consider the following statements:

  1. Local meteorological factors such as the cyclones can influence the time of onset of the monsoon.
  2. The time of monsoon onset over a region has no direct impact on the rainfall quantum received during the season.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are incorrect?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

What are the main factors governing inter-annual variation of the South-West monsoon? Has global warming any role in this regard?(250 words)


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