Late evening rain leaves Jamshedpur drenched on Wednesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur, Sept. 5: This year’s monsoon, which was inching its way to a whimpering end, is back with a growl if not a roar, thanks to low pressure teaming up with an active monsoon trough, bringing rain in many parts of the state in the last 24 hours.
Several places, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj experienced intermittent rains in the past 24 hours. The local weather office in Ranchi recorded rainfall of 36.6 mm till 8.30am today. Till this evening, the capital had received another 8mm.
Neighbour Jamshedpur experienced a better spell last night with the local Met office recording 42.1mm. The sky remained overcast throughout the day today with drizzle in some parts of the city. Nearby Ghatshila and Chaibasa experienced around 25mm.
Daltonganj recorded 6mm.
Statistics available from the Patna Meteorological Office also indicated rainfall at several other places such as Hazaribagh, Koderma, Simdega, Chatra, Ramgarh as well as adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum.
Weathermen said that during the last 24 hours, the state on an average received rainfall of 13mm against the normal 11mm around this time.
The deficit meter is also playing a yo-yo game.
Normally, Jharkhand gets an average rainfall of 893mm every monsoon, but till September 5, it has received 741mm, a deficit of 17 per cent. On September 2 the rain deficit stood at 15 per cent. A day after, it had risen to 18 per cent. The widespread rain during the last 24 hours pulled it back by a notch.
“About half of the Met stations in Jharkhand recorded rainfall in the past 24 hours. This shower show was due to the impact of a well-marked low-pressure area. The low pressure originated from Bay of Bengal a couple of days ago. Now, it has moved towards eastern Madhya Pradesh, which will cause rainfall to reduce in these parts in the next 24 hours,” said A.K. Sen, Patna Meteorological Office director.
According to Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore in Calcutta, heavy moisture feeding from Bay of Bengal due to low pressure brought about widespread rain.
The duty officer added that the monsoon trough, passing close to Jharkhand through Puri in Odisha and stretched till the Bay of Bengal, created conducive conditions. “The well-marked low pressure brought about downpour in several parts of Bengal and Odisha as well,” he said.
Data suggests that Ranchi and Jamshedpur have recorded over 50mm of rain so far in September. Another 200mm is needed to achieve this month’s target of average normal rain.