Generous is the second name of the rain god as far as Jharkhand is concerned.
A cyclonic circulation coupled with an active monsoon trough has resulted in abundant rainfall across the state in the last 24 hours. And, if weathermen are to be believed, more is in store.
The Patna Meteorological Centre on Monday extended its heavy rain warning in isolated pockets for another day.
“Rainfall in the past 24 hours has been impressive and fairly widespread. It was the impact of a cyclonic circulation, which is existing over the state and 5.8km above the sea level. The axis of the monsoon trough is also in a favourable position, which will result in more rainfall activity,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior weatherman in Patna.
According to Chaudhary, the axis is passing through Ferozpur (Haryana), Meerut, Bareilly and Allahabad (UP), Daltonganj and extending to the northwest Bay of Bengal.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too predicted a good spell of rain in Jharkhand.
“The monsoon axis is passing through the state. This and the impact of a cyclonic circulation will result in heavy rain,” said a duty officer.
Statistics revealed that several places, including Khunti and Pakur districts, recorded over 50mm rain (see chart) since Sunday. While Khunti on an average recorded around 56mm, Torpa topped the wet list with 66mm. The rain-o-meter read 58mm in Pakur.
Govindpur in Dhanbad district and Jamshedpur in East Singhbhum recorded 47.1mm and 45mm, respectively. Hindpiri in Ranchi district recorded 7.4mm, while the capital experienced only 3mm.
Weathermen said the current spell of rain would help drag down the deficit further. So far, the state has received 534mm of rain against a seasonal average of 740.1mm, a loss of 28 per cent.
As on Monday, Chatra topped the deficit list with 51 per cent, a drop of one notch in 24-hours. The list also included Koderma (44 per cent), Giridih (43 per cent), Garhwa (42 per cent), Dumka (48 per cent), Ranchi (40 per cent), Dhanbad (34 per cent), Seraikela-Kharsawan and Hazaribagh (41 per cent each). Data suggests that the deficit percentage is negligible in Simdega (7), Gumla (6), East Singhbhum (4) and Latehar (3).
“The spectre of drought will fade if the current spell of rain continues. We are expecting good precipitation by the end of this month, which will reduce the deficit,” said a weather analyst in Patna.