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A stingy storm before wet spell

The season’s sixth Nor’wester on Sunday was as swift as its predecessor last week, but remained tight-fisted as far as rain respite was concerned.

The good news is that more of this summer saviour will be born over the Chotanagpur Plateau in the next 48 hours and may team up to end Jharkhand’s parched spell.

The Nor’wester hit Jamshedpur with a wind speed of 40kmph around 3pm on Sunday, but resulted in only 1mm rainfall. The impact was more in Chaibasa, the headquarters of West Singhbhum, which recorded 5mm. Parts of adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district soaked in up to 3mm rain.

A high and dry Ranchi regaled briefly over a promising cloud cover that appeared around 11.30am, but disappeared an hour and a half later.

“We were expecting a stronger Nor’wester, but the cumulo-nimbus clouds that formed over Chhotanagpur Plateau since noon could not retain moisture because of their low height (around 6km above the sea level). The situation was, however, favourable (for a Nor’wester) as the wind pattern had changed from westerly to easterly in the morning,” said A.K. Sen, joint director of Patna Meteorological Office.

According to Sen, Nor’wester activity would resume in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas in 48 hours. On Friday, the steel city had drenched in 15mm rainfall brought by a Nor’wester at 50kmph.

In its 24-hour forecast, the Patna Met office has predicted rain and thunderstorm in isolated places. The heat wave will, however, continue in Bokaro, Dhanbad and a few other districts. “Easterly winds are primarily bringing moisture to the Singhbhum region. Ranchi may get a few drops of relief in 48 hours,” a weatherman in the capital added.


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