A man scurries to the shelter of his car as sudden showers lash Bistupur on Monday evening. The city registered a good 20mm rainfall till 6.30pm. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Monsoon is in a mood to stay on in Jharkhand.
A low-pressure trough hovering over the Odisha coast resulted in rainfall across the state on Monday. And, if weathermen are right, the rain god has more magic up his sleeves to delay the official exit of monsoon on Tuesday by another 3-4 days.
The catch: this last lap largesse officially won’t affect the 14 per cent deficit figure, which is recorded only between June and September.
The Patna Meteorological Office, in its evening bulletin, has predicted more rain and thundershowers in Jharkhand in the next 24 hours. “Several parts of the state is expected to experience light to moderate rainfall in the next 24 hours due to the impact of low pressure, which originated from the Bay of Bengal and intensified towards the Odisha coast today,” said Patna Met director A.K. Sen.
The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, Calcutta, has also forecast rain. “The low-pressure zone has intensified and it will result in showers at several places,” said a duty officer.
The local weather office in Jamshedpur recorded over 20mm rainfall till 6.30pm on Monday. Adjoining places like Seraikela, Chaibasa, Ghatshila, Chandil, Chowka and Baharagora also experienced showers in the evening. Seraikela and Chaibasa registered 15mm each.
Though the capital did not receive the shower sop, weathermen said places on its outskirts received intermittent rainfall. Ranchi’s neighbours Koderma, Hazaribagh and Simdega experienced showers.
Weathermen said that the unexpected rainfall would prevent the withdrawal of monsoon from Jharkhand by another 3-4 days. “The south-west monsoon has already made an exit from northern and western parts of Bihar. We were expecting it to retreat from Jharkhand by October 9. But, the sudden change in the weather condition will delay its withdrawal,” said a senior weather analyst in Patna.
Statistics reveal that monsoon bade farewell to Jharkhand on October 13 last year, while in 2010, it did not overstay its welcome and withdrew by the first week of October.
Earlier this month, a low-pressure trough passing through Andhra Pradesh and Odisha resulted in rainfall at more than 70 per cent places in the state. Jamshedpur alone recorded over 50mm.
Weathermen explained that low pressure caused heavy incursion of moisture into the atmosphere, which then resulted in precipitation.