Jamshedpur, Aug. 20: First, the good news: rainfall for 72 hours has dragged Jharkhand’s deficit down by two notches to 26 per cent. Now, the better news: weathermen have forecast more precipitation over the next 48 hours, which augurs well for the state and promises to allay drought fears.
Statistics show that the state has so far received 555mm against a seasonal average of 751mm. And, the Patna Meteorological Centre today predicted more rainfall owing to a deep depression coupled with cyclonic circulation, which offers hope for harvest.
“The low-pressure trough, which was hovering over Gangetic Bengal and north Odisha, has intensified into a depression, resulting in widespread rain in Jharkhand. The depression was 150km south-east of Jamshedpur this afternoon,” said a weather official.
He added that the cyclonic circulation already existing over the state and extending up to mid-troposphere level had helped rainfall activity gain momentum. “The twin weather systems have made the monsoon hyperactive in Jharkhand. The axis is passing through Orai (UP), Satna (Chhattisgarh) and Daltonganj and extending to the northwest Bay of Bengal.”
The Patna Met office said showers would continue for two days more. “The low pressure over Gangetic Bengal has intensified into a depression, which is moving north-west. The depression will weaken gradually only after 24 hours,” said B.N. Chaudhary, a senior weatherman.
In its 24-hour forecast, the weather centre has extended its heavy rainfall warning in isolated places. Officials at the doppler weather radar section in Patna said that almost 98 per cent IMD stations across Jharkhand had reported rainfall in 24 hours (see chart).
R.P. Singh Ratan, director (extension education) at Birsa Agricultural University in Kanke, Ranchi, said the shower show was a boon for farmers. “Seedlings not more than 20-25 days old should be planted immediately. Paddy cultivators across the state are taking advantage of the rain spell.”