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More showers this weekend

Jamshedpur, July 25: An active monsoon trough, coupled with an atmospheric circulation over Bay of Bengal, is likely to lead to a renewed bout of showers across Jharkhand.

“The monsoon trough stretches between Gwalior and central Bay of Bengal, passing through Daltonganj, Bankura and Digha. This will result in rainfall activity over the state,” B.K. Mandal, director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre, said today.

Rain accompanied by thunder was expected at few places in the next 48-hours. After that, Jharkhand was expected to get moderate rainfall due to the favourable condition of the trough, he said.

Patna Meteorological Centre also forecast light to moderate rainfall over Jharkhand from Sunday. “Rainfall in the next 48-hours will be scattered. But, after that, Jharkhand as well as Bihar will get another good spell of rain. The intensity of rainfall will be more in Bihar compared to Jharkhand,” said A. K Sen, director of the Patna Met office.

He dismissed all speculation of drought as Jharkhand was expected to get normal rainfall during the two peak monsoon months of July and August. The atmospheric circulation, which was building up over the Bay of Bengal, would also impact Jharkhand’s weather conditions in the next couple of days.

Several places across the state saw rainfall today after 48-hours. The IMD observatory in Ranchi recorded 6 mm, while Jamshedpur recorded 31 mm of rain.

Other places like Khunti, Ramgarh, Koderma, Simdega and Deoghar also experienced rains. Ghatshila in East Singhbhum and adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district also experienced moderate rainfall this evening.

Met officials were hopeful that by the end of July, the rainfall deficit would come down further. As of today, the state’s deficit stood at 11 per cent. Compared to a normal of 467.2 mm, Jharkhand had so far received 416.9 mm rainfall.

Garhwa topped the deficit list with 53 per cent. Against a normal of 348.9 mm, the district had so far received 163 mm. Simdega followed next with 47 per cent deficit receiving 319.3 mm rain against a normal of 607.4 mm. Other districts in the deficit list included Lohardaga (45), Ranchi (42), Palamau (33), Dhanbad (25).

Deoghar topped the surplus list with 42 per cent excess rain.