A fisherman casts his net in Subernarekha in Jamshedpur on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The southeast monsoon may be active in Jharkhand, but there will be less rain in the next couple of days as the cyclonic circulation hovering over north Bay of Bengal has moved to Bihar.
The Patna Meteorological Office on Sunday warned of very heavy rainfall at a few places in neighbouring Bihar. However, in Jharkhand, Met officials said the intensity of rainfall was decreasing.
“We were expecting heavy rains at a few isolated places in Jharkhand on Saturday due to the impact of the cyclonic circulation, which has now crossed over to Bihar. There is another cyclonic circulation near the Odisha coast, which might gather momentum in the next few days and result in heavy downpour in parts of Jharkhand,” said a senior weather analyst of the Patna Met Office.
The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta said there was no possibility of significant rains in Jharkhand in the next 48 hours.
Alipore Met office director G.C. Debnath said the rainfall deficit had increased to 30 per cent from 24 per cent as recorded on Friday. Against a normal average rainfall of 126mm, Jharkhand has recorded 97mm so far in June.
Last year till June 23, Jamshedpur had recorded 346mm of rain. But, this year, the steel city has received 182.1mm so far. On June 19 last year, Jamshedpur received 160.8mm.
Similarly, Ranchi had recorded 324mm of rain till June 23 last year. This year the rainfall count has been 109mm so far, a deficit of about 50 per cent. Daltonganj had recorded 250mm last year by this time. This year the figure was 119.6mm.
The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded about 7mm of rain during the last 24 hours, while Ranchi received 7.6mm. Daltonganj and Bokaro experienced less than 10mm. Koderma, which till Friday failed to open its rain account, experienced showers on Saturday. It recorded 9mm.
The overcast sky and intermittent rain have, meanwhile, brought down maximum temperatures. Jamshedpur was a pleasant 29°C on Sunday, six degrees below normal. Ranchi was even cooler at 27.4°C, five notches below normal. Maximum temperatures were way below normal elsewhere too with Dhanbad at 32°C, Bokaro at 34.2°C and Daltonganj at 31.4°C.
Monday will be cloudy around the state with one or two spells of rain.