Jamshedpur, Aug. 14: Heavy downpour since last evening diluted Jharkhand’s rain deficit of 14 per cent five days ago to a less than alarming 9 per cent today as a vigorous monsoon coupled with a cyclonic circulation remained active in the state.
Hindgiri in Hazaribagh district topped the rain--meter with 186mm. Papuria in Palamau followed with 160mm. The magic monsoon also cast its spell on capital Ranchi, which recorded very heavy showers to the tune of 122.5mm.
In Met parlance, rain is supposed to be very heavy if it crosses the 50mm mark in one place in an hour. “Hindgiri, Papuria and Ranchi recorded over 50mm of rain per hour. This kind of downpour was a first since monsoon arrived in the state in June,” said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Meteorological Office.
Koderma and Jamshedpur also recorded heavy rainfall of over 70mm since last evening. According to weathermen, 90 per cent of Met stations in the state recorded moderate and heavy to very heavy rainfall during the last 24 hours.
Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum received over 50mm rain in the past 24 hours while Daltonganj recorded 31.4mm. Bokaro soaked in 65mm, as coal capital Dhanbad savoured 28mm. Other districts in Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana recorded rainfall between 30 and 40mm.
Weathermen said the intensity of rainfall would diminish over the next 24 hours. “The cyclonic circulation is moving in a north-west direction and would bring moderate rain at Lohardaga, Gumla and some other districts,” said director of Ranchi Meteorological Office G.K. Mohanty.
The downpour dragged down the rain deficit by five notches to 9 per cent. Since the onset of monsoon till date, Jharkhand has received 617mm of rain against a normal seasonal average of 681mm. “Against a day’s average rainfall of 10mm, the state recorded 38.4mm,”said Sen.
While East Singhbhum, Gumla and Pakur increased their rain surplus to 10, 22 and 24 per cent respectively from 3, 17 and 19, Latehar overcame a 4 per cent deficit to land up with a 4 per cent surplus today.
Bokaro’s 39 per cent rain deficit fell to 4 per cent, while in Ranchi the deficit dipped to 5 per cent from 22.
Weather experts said the latest spell of rain would result in better kharif yield.