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Monsoon to bow out in 48 hours

Jamshedpur, Oct. 12: Maverick monsoon’s roller-coaster ride in Jharkhand this year is about to end in the next 48 hours with a two or three degree dip in day and night temperatures.

The season, which formally announced itself on June 19 in the state, was stingy and generous by turns, but it will end its spell with a deficit of 10 per cent, a number far less fearsome than anticipated.

After all, monsoon arrived in the state on June 19 after a five-day delay. June had recorded a worrying deficit of 28 per cent, July 12 per cent, August 11 per cent and September 14 per cent.

Till date, Jharkhand has received 946mm of rain against an average normal of 1,049mm. The figure may only show a marginal increase as Patna Meteorological Office in its afternoon bulletin today said southwest monsoon had already withdrawn from most parts of Jharkhand — Garhwa, Chatra, Koderma, Palamau, Pakur, Godda, Deoghar and Santhal Pargana pockets.

“The withdrawal line of monsoon has reached Hazaribagh. Conditions are favourable for further withdrawal from remaining parts of the state in 48 hours. Monsoon completely withdrew from Bihar today,” said Ashish Kumar Sen, Patna Met director.

The senior Met official, however, said the monsoon trough existed in south-eastern districts of the state nudging Bengal, including twin Singhbhums, Ranchi, Dhanbad and Bokaro, where rain would now be on retreat mode.

Weathermen added that monsoon would have made an earlier exit this year, but was held back due to formation of two subsequent low pressures earlier this month. Low pressure formations caused many cities, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, to get some delayed shower bounty.

On whether it would rain during Puja, weathermen said it was too early to tell. A senior official at Regional Meteorological Centre, Calcutta, said the period between October 15 and December 15 was referred to as cyclone season.

“During this time, atmospheric circulation converts into depressions that originate from Bay of Bengal at least thrice,” he said.

Though unsaid, it means you better match your umbrella with your festive finery.

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