Jamshedpur, Aug. 28: Khursia in Jamtara district scored a ton, while the steel city missed it by a whisker as an active monsoon showered its bounty on Jharkhand in the past 24 hours, elbowing the deficit down by a mark to 22 per cent today.
And, the crop-nurturing spell doesn’t end here, say weathermen, who have predicted moderate and widespread rainfall for another 24 hours, along with downpour in isolated pockets.
Joining Khursia’s 101.6mm and Jamshedpur’s 94.7mm are Baharagora and Chakulia in East Singhbhum with 81.5mm and 57.6mm, respectively.
Capital Ranchi was left jealous with a paltry 15.2mm although its neighbouring Lohardaga and Chatra, as well as Palamau, witnessed heavy showers since yesterday. Koderma, Seraikela and Bokaro saw moderate gain in terms of rain.
In its 24-hour forecast, the Patna Meteorological Centre has promised moderate to heavy precipitation. “The monsoon is active over Jharkhand because its axis is passing over the state,” said R.K. Giri, the officiating director.
Weathermen said that depressions, which originated in the north Bay of Bengal, was lying south-east of Jharkhand and northern Odisha. An upper air cyclonic circulation is also adding momentum to monsoon. “Two low-pressures zones have created conducive conditions. Unlike Bihar, rainfall is homogeneous in Jharkhand,” explained a senior weather analyst in Patna.
Statistics revealed that against a normal of 824.7mm, Jharkhand had so far received 644.9mm, a deficit of 22 per cent. Several districts have received close to 300mm of rain in August. East Singhbhum has improved its surplus figure by 10 notches in 24 hours. Against a normal of 808.8mm, it has registered 943.9mm, a gain of 17 per cent. Two other districts figure on the surplus list — Latehar (4 per cent) and Lohardaga (2 per cent).
Met data further show that except for Dumka, Chatra and Garhwa, the rainfall scenario has improved in other deficit districts in the past fortnight. Weathermen are sanguine that Simdega, Ramgarh, Sahebganj, Godda, Gumla, Pakur and Bokaro will soon be gainers.
Weather expert T.N. Jha said the spell was good for kharif crops. “At least 2-3 heavy bouts in August are required, which the state has received,” he said.
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