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Wet spell drowns deficit count
- Showers gain in strength

Jamshedpur, Aug. 7: Monsoon is back to weave its magic in Jharkhand with heavy showers expected in the next 48 hours after a dry spell.

Weathermen at Patna Meteorological Office said the monsoon current over the state had become active following formation of a cyclonic circulation. “The cyclonic circulation over Gangetic Bengal and Bangladesh has activated the monsoon trough which has brought widespread rainfall across Jharkhand over the last two-days,” said a senior weather analyst.

The meteorological office also issued a heavy rainfall warning for the next 48 hours. “Heavy rainfall is expected in Jharkhand. The rainfall will be fairly widespread,” he said.

Several parts of the state including Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Koderma, Hazaribagh and Deoghar have been witnessing incessant downpours for the last two days. The local weather office at Jamshedpur recorded around 60mm of rain during the period.

Between 8.30am yesterday and today, the Met office based at the Sonari aerodrome recorded 44.1mm rain while Ranchi recorded 41.1mm over the same period. Daltonganj received over 10mm.

Other districts witnessed intermittent rains with an overcast sky. According to weathermen, the rainfall will help bring down both the maximum and the minimum temperatures by a couple of degrees.

The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore also attributed the rainfall to a rejuvenation of the monsoon flow due to a cyclonic circulation.

According to a duty officer, the conditions were likely to persist for a couple of days and more rain was expected in the next few days. The current circulation was likely to be followed by a low-pressure formation over Gangetic Bengal, which will impact weather conditions in Jharkhand.

Significantly, the trough, which was restored on July 21 by a low-pressure zone, was short-lived and from July 26, most parts of the state was deprived of rain.

Weathermen said the deficit stood at around 11 per cent on August 4. But, the last two days of rain pushed the deficit down to around five per cent.

In Jharkhand, against an average normal of 665.7mm, the rain-o-meter has so far recorded around 620mm. While Ranchi recorded 993.9mm so far from June, Jamshedpur recorded 737.6mm. The local meteorological office at Daltonganj recorded 660mm.

Last year, the situation was different. Between June and August 6, the state capital had recorded a meagre 205mm of rain. Jamshedpur had recorded 184.1mm, while Daltonganj received 140mm.

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