In a country like India, where over half of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, rainfall holds special significance.
The Indian Monsoon, also termed as the South West Summer Monsoon, falls between the months of June and September.
The rainfall pattern observed in India is a result of an annual wind-driven weather practice causing more than three-fourth of annual rainfall. The southern part of India receives a greater amount of precipitation as compared to the northern region of the country.
The wettest places in the world like Mawsynram and Cherrapunji can be found in Meghalaya in India, yet the country has suffered drought-like conditions in the past years.
In 2014 also, as per the Meteorological Department of India, the rainfall had a slow beginning with a dearth of about 42 per cent in the national cumulative average rainfall in June.
The precipitation in the country from June 1 to June 25 was recorded as 74.4 mm, while the expected rainfall was 124.5 mm.
The state of Odisha has been lucky enough to experience on and off rain and thundershower activities for quite some time now. Similarly, scattered light to moderate rains have been observed in many parts of Odisha, during the last 24 hours.
According to Skymet Weather, with some prominent systems persisting close to Odisha, the state will observe rain and thundershowers with increased intensity now.
The weather systems include a Cyclonic Circulation, which is over South Bangladesh and adjoining area and a Trough, which is extending from this system up to coastal Odisha.
Due to these systems, parts of Odisha will experience intensified rains, wherein light to moderate rain with one or two heavy spells are expected over Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Puri, Angul and Chandbali for next two to three days.