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Rain bounty returns this week

- Low-pressure surprise to strengthen monsoon currents

Jamshedpur, July 13: Brace for a brolly good show for the next couple of the days.

Jharkhand can look forward to reducing its deficit, thanks to a sudden low-pressure system building over the northwest Bay of Bengal that is expected to result in rainfall activity for 48 hours or so.

The Patna Meteorological Centre today forecast widespread showers owing to the impact. “The low-pressure trough, which has originated from the Bay of Bengal, will result in a good spell of rain over Jharkhand, Odisha and Bengal. The intensity will be more in the southern parts of the state as the system is moving towards the Odisha coast,” said director A.K. Sen.

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too has predicted a bounty for Jharkhand. “Jharkhand will experience moderate but widespread rainfall,” said the duty officer.

According to weathermen, the atmospheric circulation will help restore the monsoon trough, which had shifted to the north depriving Jharkhand of showers for the last few days. “The monsoon currents will regain strength in Jharkhand because of low pressure. Rainfall across the state will reduce deficit,” the duty officer in Calcutta added.

Today’s Met data showed an 11 per cent rain deficit in Jharkhand. Against a normal score of 325.7mm, the state has received 290.3mm so far. The deficit, though negligible, rose by eight per cent in a week.

Simdega tops the rain-loss list with 67 per cent followed by Garhwa where the deficit stands at 57 per cent. Lohardaga has notched 56 per cent and Palamau 39 per cent.

In Ranchi, the deficit was 38 per cent, a 20 per cent rise in eight days. The other deficit districts include Dhanbad (27 per cent), Khunti (22 per cent) and Latehar (22 per cent).

Rain surplus districts include Pakur (46 per cent), Koderma (42), Deoghar (39), Bokaro (17 per cent), West Singhbhum and Dumka (12 per cent) and East Singhbhum (7 per cent).

“A good spell is expected in the next few days. It will increase crop coverage,” said BAU-Kanke scientist A. Wadood.


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