Dark clouds hover over Jamshedpur on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Rain revellers, here’s a gallon of good news. Monsoon showers, which had hit the pause button two days ago, will play again from Friday.
Weatherman said a low-pressure system that was robbing Jharkhand of moisture had become weak now and the monsoon trough was returning to its normal position.
“Most parts of the state will experience light to moderate rainfall from tomorrow. Satellite readings and wind charts predict rainfall activity for three-four days,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological Centre.
Sen confirmed that the low-pressure system in Bangladesh was dissipating. “The monsoon trough is returning and will result in showers in Jharkhand. A cyclonic circulation, which is gradually developing over the north Bay of Bengal, will also help increase rainfall intensity in Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal in the next couple of days,” he explained.
Since the monsoon trough had shifted north had resulted in a dry spell for the last two days, the rain deficit meter read 28 per cent on Thursday. Met statistics show that barring a few districts, which received showers owing to local systems, most had missed the monsoon feel for almost a week.
In June so far, the state has received 111.3mm rainfall against a normal of 153.6mm and Lohardaga, Simdega, Garhwa, Godda and Palamau top the list of deprived districts.
Against a normal of 142mm, Lohardaga’s score is 33.6mm, a deficit of 76 per cent. Simdega has received actual rain of 66.1mm against a normal of 187.6mm, a deficit of 65 per cent. The deficit percentages for Palamau, Garhwa and Godda read 57, 50 and 49, respectively. Rain count in Dhanbad and Bokaro are less by 43 per cent and 21 per cent.
Ranchi too is in the underprivileged category. Against a normal of 166.1mm, the capital district recorded 91.5mm, a deficit of 45 per cent.
According to statistics, the Singhbhum region and Chatra have recorded surplus rain. West Singhbhum has so far experienced 213.4mm against a normal of 167.8mm, a surplus of 27 per cent, while East Singhbhum is ahead of normal by 13 per cent. Against 177.9mm, the actual record is 201.2mm. Chatra has registered two per cent surplus with 111.4mm against a normal of 109mm.
Assistant meteorologist at IMD’s Ranchi office A.E. Kujur reiterated that the prevailing weather condition was resulting in moisture incursion into the atmosphere and hence, was favourable for rainfall. “The atmospheric pressure also indicates an abrupt rise in the state. We are hopeful of a good spell in the next 3-4 days,” he said.