Two friends share an umbrella as rain lashes Straight Mile Road in Northern Town on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
What caused Wednesday’s showers?
A cyclonic circulation hovering over the Jharkhand-Bengal border
Which places received nature’s bounty?
Koderma topped the list with 44.2mm till 5.30pm. Barhi in Hazaribagh was second with 23.6mm, followed by Chatra (21.4mm) and Chakradharpur (17.6mm) in West Singhbhum. Mica town Jhumri Telaiya in Koderma soaked in 16.6mm, while Ormanjhi in Ranchi recorded 15.4mm. Lohardaga received 14.4mm and Latehar 14mm. Coal town Dhanbad and steel city Jamshedpur witnessed 12.2mm and 6mm, respectively
Did the deficit dip?
Met data till Wednesday evening showed the deficit at 23 per cent. The number of notches it went down after the current spell of rainfall will be known only on Thursday. So far, Jharkhand has recorded an average of 739.6mm against a normal of 959.2mm
Which districts are on surplus list?
East Singhbhum and Godda. The former has received 993.8mm against a normal of 937.7mm (6 per cent gain), while the latter has registered 865.7 mm against 795.8mm (9 per cent gain)
Will it rain on Thursday too?
Yes. Weathermen at Patna Meteorological Centre expects increase in rainfall intensity in the next 24 hours. “An upper air cyclonic circulation is persisting near the Jharkhand-Bengal border, extending up to 2.1km above the mean sea level. So, there will be more rain. The precipitation may be subdued tomorrow because of low pressure over coastal Andhra Pradesh. The intensity will increase once that trough weakens,” said director A.K. Sen
How long will monsoon stay?
Till the first week of October. “Cumulonimbus clouds have formed because of the upper air circulation. Monsoon has started withdrawing from Rajasthan and it is expected to withdraw from the state before Durga Puja,” said a duty officer at Alipore weather office in Calcutta