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Rains revel in last lap

Jamshedpur, Oct. 4: Farewell not far, the south-west monsoon is flaunting its generous side, showering Jharkhand with double the normal average since yesterday.

Weathermen attributed this last lap bounty to a low-pressure trough, passing through Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Odisha.

“More than 70 per cent of Jharkhand has experienced rain since last evening owing to the impact of a low pressure, which is causing heavy incursion of moisture into the atmosphere,” said Ashish Kumar Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Office.

Today’s chart analysis has, however, indicated that the trough is gradually becoming weak.

Dumka topped the rain--meter in the past 24 hours, recording 46.3mm, while Jamtara followed close on the heels with 42mm. Ramgarh has recorded 17.8mm, Simdega 17.1mm and East Singhbhum 16.5mm. While the local weather office in Jamshedpur has registered 30.3mm, neighbouring Seraikela soaked in 20mm.

Capital Ranchi has received 13.4mm of rainfall, while districts like Dhanbad and Deoghar have recorded over 5mm. Koderma, Hazaribagh and Latehar too have received showers.

Statistics revealed the state recorded an average of 10.6mm in the past 24 hours, while the normal rainfall was 5.1mm.

“The bounty was more than cent per cent, which is a rare phenomenon during this time of the season,” a senior weather analyst in Patna said.

Met officials said light to moderate rainfall would continue for the next 24 hours. “But, the weather pattern is hinting at a change. The westerly winds are gradually making inroads, indicating retreat of the rains. Expect a nip in the air after the next few days, when the south-west monsoon finally departs from Jharkhand,” said Sen.

Weathermen at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta, claimed that the south-west monsoon had already withdrawn till central Uttar Pradesh. “In the next couple of days, we are expecting its exit from Bihar-Jharkhand,” said director G.C. Debnath.

The state’s rainfall deficit has, meanwhile, remained at 14 per cent after the four monsoon months. Against a normal of 1,083mm, Jharkhand has experienced 936mm from June to September-end.