Spot me if you can: A child is covered head to toe on a cold Tuesday in Northern Town. (Bhola Prasad)
To err is human. To go freak is divine (read weather god).
A day after meteorologists predicted a lull in the chill, minimum temperatures took a tumble in most parts of Jharkhand, courtesy the wily North Wind.
The north-westerly current suddenly gained momentum on Monday night as the effect of a western disturbance over northern India waned away faster than expected. The low-pressure trough over Gangetic Bengal also became weak for further propulsion.
Earlier on Monday, the Patna Meteorological Office had forecast that the nip in the air would make a comeback only after 72 hours.
In fact, many places, including Jamshedpur, had witnessed substantial rise in night readings too. However, the maverick weather god changed his mind in 24 hours flat, plunging the state into another snap of sub-10 chill.
The minimum in the steel hub and its adjoining areas had risen by three degrees to 10.4°C on Monday. But, Tuesday saw the mercury nosedive to 7°C, the lowest minimum of January in the city. The reading was six notches below the average normal
In capital Ranchi, the night temperature dropped to 6.8°C from 7.6°C. Tuesday’s reading was five notches below normal. Jitters were felt in heat chamber Daltonganj too, where the chill meter read 6.3°C, almost a degree drop since Monday.
Similarly, the Celsius slid in several districts like Dhanbad, Bokaro, Koderma, Hazaribagh, Simdega, Deoghar, Seraikela-Kharsawan, West Singhbhum and Khunti.
“The cold conditions will prevail till February 2. But, there will be fluctuations in temperatures owing to local phenomenon. The chart analysis today suggests another western disturbance in northern India, the impact of which is likely to be felt in Jharkhand after February 2,” A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Met office, played safe.
The senior weatherman conceded that given the present climate pattern, it was very difficult to make accurate predictions.
“The minimum rose in most parts of the state on Monday. But, it again witnessed a fall today because the North Wind picked up pace in the absence of any western disturbance or other atmospheric circulation that normally block its path,” he reasoned.
In its 24-hour forecast, the Patna Met office has said that the weather in Jharkhand would mainly remain dry with clear skies in most districts.
Do you think the sub-10 chill will last till next month?