Twister Monday. Torrential Tuesday. Wet-o-wild Wednesday?
Jharkhand has every reason to unleash its spirit of monsoon celebrations with the weathermen promising another shower showdown in the next 24 hours after a tornado tore through Birsa Munda Airport and heavy rain lashed several parts of the state in the past 48 hours.
Statistics revealed that against a seasonal average of 815mm, the state had received 625.9mm. The deficit stood at 23 per cent, but is expected to take a plunge.
The Patna Meteorological Centre said the rain meter was on a frantic spin owing to a low-pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal. A reactivated monsoon will bring light to moderate rain across Jharkhand on Wednesday, it predicted.
Since Tuesday evening, several parts of the state, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Godda, Giridih, Pakur, Jamtara, Sahebgunj, Hazaribagh and Khunti experienced a good spell of rainfall. Mahagama in Godda scored 71.8mm.
Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas also witnessed sharp showers in the past 24 hours. The local weather office recorded around 24mm till 8.30am on Tuesday. Another 14mm was recorded till 5.30 in the evening.
Dark clouds hovering over the steel city turned day into night and forced vehicles to turn on their headlights. Drenched Ghatshila, Seraikela, Chaibasa and Chandil shared the city’s plight. A haze of rain also made commuting a challenge in capital Ranchi too, where more than 17mm precipitation was recorded.
Weathermen confirmed that the impact of low pressure would remain for another 24 hours. “The trough over the Bay and Gangetic Bengal resulted in rainfall activity in Jharkhand. Light to moderate rain will occur at a few places in Jharkhand in the next 24 hours,” said B.N. Chaudhury, a senior official at Patna Meteorological Centre.
The axis of the monsoon trough on Tuesday passed through Amritsar, Meerut, Bhagalpur, Berhampore, Daltonganj and extended up to the northeast Bay of Bengal.
Chaudhury warned that the low pressure zone, which was currently weak, might gain momentum and intensify after the next 24 hours.
Two districts are still on the surplus list — East Singhbhum (7 per cent) and Latehar (1 per cent). Against a normal of 797.7mm, the former has so far received 851.1mm. Latehar has recorded 773.2mm against a normal of 767.9mm.