Usefulness of monthly rainfall normals in agroclimatic mapping
Rainfall has the most dominating influence on Indian agriculture. It is, however, commonly argued that monthly rainfall data are not adequate for agricultural planning, for which intervals of 10 days, week or shorter would be appropriate, 'The paper reviews some of the attempts made in this direction, particularly for the state of Maharashtra in Peninsular India. It then explains how the results of such studies can be derived by a simpler method of mapping which involves only monthly normals of rainfall and number of rainy days.
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