From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Aug 7: The total rainfall in Jorhat and its surrounding areas during last July was above the normal range. Although the deficit rainfall in the southern part of Jorhat district and some parts of Golaghat district, timely plantation of rice saplings are being affected, but in Jorhat about 35 mm surplus rainfall have been recorded by the Agrometeriology Department of Assam Agriculture University, Jorhat. As per the data recorded by the department, a total of 401.3 mm rainfall was recorded during July this year, which is sufficient by about 35 mm while the normal rainfall last year in the month of July is 366.5 mm. By analyzing the last four years’ rainfall data, it is found that the amount of rainfall was found deficit during the month of July, 2009. It was recorded 304.4 mm in Jorhat and its surrounding areas. But during last year’s rainfall data, it was found that in July, 2011, sufficient amount of rainfall up to 462.3 mm was recorded and which was about 96 mm surplus than the normal rainfall during the month of July. Similarly in July, 2010, a total of 403.6 mm rainfall was recorded. According to the Agrometeriology Department of Assam Agriculture University the rainfall occurred so far during this year’s cropping period found normal for paddy season.