Brace for a September shower showdown, the maverick monsoon is back from a snooze mode.
Several places across Jharkhand experienced a good spell of rain on Monday and weathermen say there will be little respite from the largesse in the next 48 hours, thanks to a low-pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal and a monsoon trough over the state.
The axis of the trough is, currently, passing through Amritsar, Ambala, Varanasi, Ranchi and Digha and is extended up to the northeast Bay.
The capital received the most of nature’s bounty on Monday, with the local weather office recording 59.2mm till 5.30pm. The downpour continued well into the evening.
Jamtara was second on the sop list with 39.8mm, followed by Pupunki in coal capital Dhanbad with 30.2mm. Panchet in the same district registered around 10mm. Daltonganj, the headquarters of Palamau district experienced 29mm, while the IMD observatory in Jamshedpur recorded 16.4mm. Ghatshila, Seraikela and Chandil witnessed over 10mm of rain.
“The formation of a low-pressure zone over the northwest Bay, off south coastal Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh, has raised prospects of increased rainfall activity in Jharkhand,” confirmed A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
The senior weather official said that conditions building over the state were an indication of another spell that may continue for the next two days.
“Low pressure is resulting in heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere. Conditions are favourable for more rain in Jharkhand,” Sen added.
In its 24-hour forecast, the Patna Met office has predicted light to moderate rain in different parts of the state.
Statistics on Monday revealed that Jharkhand has recorded an average rainfall of 718mm so far against a normal of 936mm, a deficit of 23 per cent. The current spell of rain is expected to bring down the loss by a few notches.
Two districts — East Singhbhum and Godda — figure on the surplus list with 974.4mm and 855.3mm, respectively. Weathermen expect Latehar, Lohardaga and Pakur, which are at 3 per cent deficit, to enter the gainers’ club soon.