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Rain adds to chill quotient

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: Brace for cooler days and warmer nights, as light drizzle and an overcast sky replaced the dry and crisp westerly winds across Jharkhand today, making the weather take a sharp U-turn.

While Ranchi recorded 2.9mm rainfall today, Jamshedpur witnessed a mere 1mm. The Palamau region experienced the highest rainfall with the rain gauge clocking 12mm. Dhanbad and Bokaro, on the other hand, recorded only 3mm rain, while Lohardagga 2mm.

Weather analyst in Ranchi Meteorological office attributed this change to a low pressure circulation over Bihar and Jharkhand, thanks to impact of western disturbance. They, however, warned of overcast conditions and light rain in isolated pockets across the state for the next 24 hours.

“There is a low pressure circulation over Bihar and Jharkhand associated with western disturbances that has resulted in foggy weather conditions across the state. Friday saw light showers in isolated places across the state and this condition is likely to persist for the next 24 hours. We may also see some thunderstorms. Weather will become clear from Monday with the low pressure circulation expected to more towards Bengal,” said director of Ranchi Meteorological office B.K. Mandal.

Local met officials added that there would be a fresh bout of cold after the sky clears. According to Ranchi weathermen, temperatures are likely to come down after the cloud cover moves away.

Surprisingly, the days have become cooler while the night temperate has increased by few notches.

Statistics made available with the Met department revealed that the maximum day temperature had nosedived by several notches across the state on Saturday.

For instance, Ranchi woke up to a cold Saturday with the capital registering a 6°C fall in readings compared to yesterday.

Jamshedpur registered 20.8°C (normal 27°C), while Daltonganj witnessed 25.4°C (normal 28°C).

The sudden change in the weather has downed spirits of many schoolchildren in the capital.

“Due to a change in the weather today, we registered low attendance in our school. At least 15 per cent children did not turn up,” said Ghanshyam Jha, principal of Kendriya Vidhalaya in Dhurwa.

However, rail and air services remained unaffected. “There has been no report of flight cancellation. All flights were on time and landed safely,” said Raju Raghavendra Kumar, director of Birsa Munda Airport.

Divisional Railway Manager of Ranchi division Deepak Kashyap echoed similar opinion. “Train timing remained unaffected,” he added.

But, the good news is that this weather trend will augur well for rabi crops.

“Moisture during this time of the year will spell good for crops like grams, pulses and wheat that are sown in winter and harvested in spring. Soil moisture benefits such crops,” Wadood added.