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Shower century in twin cities

Monsoon is in a generous mood this year.

The first five days of the season has witnessed a brolly good show, surpassing records of five years and awarding both Ranchi and Jamshedpur with over a ton of shower power.

Ever since the southwest currents lashed Jharkhand on June 18, the twin cities have notched over 100mm rainfall. Last year, the capital had scored less than half the 2014 bounty, which is 50mm, and the steel hub had received around 64mm in a week after the monsoon arrived on June 16.

According to statistics, in 2012, the rains had hit Jharkhand on June 19. But, the currents were weak and resulted in scanty rainfall in most parts of the state, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Daltonganj. Less than 50mm was recorded in all the three places after seven days of onset that year. Similarly, between 2009 and 2011, the rain spell had been less than average.

Data indicates that 2008 saw the last “vigorous entry” of the southwest monsoon and many places were flooded in the heavy rain. Jamshedpur had drenched in over 300mm in 48 hours. This year, the steel city has received 215mm so far and the capital has recorded 102mm. Districts like Pakur and Jamtara have received over 150mm rain.

“We did not expect such heavy rain in Jharkhand with the onset of monsoon. The currents gained pace owing to a low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

Jamshedpur witnessed heavy downpour on June 18 and June 20, when the Met office recorded 94mm and 70mm. A rain score over 65mm is considered heavy in weather parlance. Ranchi recorded heavy rain on June 19 when the local weather office read 71.8mm.

Other places like Ghatshila and Dalbhumgarh, both in East Singhbhum district, registered around 90mm on the first two days of monsoon. Never before in the past five years did they record such heavy monsoon rain. Districts including Dhanbad, Koderma, Bokaro and Seraikela-Kharsawan have also bettered their five-year records.

Weathermen said an active monsoon coupled with low pressure was doing the good deed.

“The monsoon trough is passing through Jharkhand and is resulting in widespread rain. The IMD has predicted below normal rainfall this month, but the current trend suggests that the score will be above average,” said a duty officer at the Patna Met office.


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