NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon is likely to get a huge boost as the likelihood of the La Nina phenomenon increases, which is associated with an above-normal rainfall, international forecasters say. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has raised its El-Nino Southern Oscillation Alert (ENSO) outlook status to La Nina watch. "While a La Nina is not a certainty, this means there is now around a 50% chance of one forming in 2020," it said in its fortnightly update. 50% is roughly double the likelihood of a La Nina occurring in any year, said the Australian weather office. This news will cheer farmers and policymakers as it raises prospects of another record harvest and will further enhance agricultural growth amid gloom in other sectors of the economy, which have been beaten down by the pandemic. Good monsoon boosts rural income and the demand for consumer goods, automobiles, and gold. The cooling of the Pacific Ocean surface waters is the cause of this phenomenon. "Changes in … [Read more...] about La Nina likely, boost for southwest monsoon this year
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