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Moody winter gets wet & windy

- Weathermen predict more showers, hailstorm in next 24 hours

Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: Caught in sudden showers? Blame it on an extratropical storm.

Ranchi, Daltonganj and several other places today recorded unseasonal rainfall — the second time in a week — thanks to yet another western disturbance. And, if weathermen are to be believed, more sharp showers and a hailstorm are on their way and the nip is here to stay.

“The western disturbance triggered a low-pressure trough line that stretched between Uttar Pradesh and the Northeast, covering Bihar and Jharkhand. This resulted in rainfall at a few places today,” explained A.K. Sen, the director of the Patna Meteorological Office. He added that several districts of Jharkhand and some parts of Bengal would soak again in the next 24 hours.

Officials at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta too hinted at light rain accompanied by hailstorm at a few places.

“The western disturbance has changed the pattern of wind flow over Jharkhand. The wind is fluctuating between easterly and south-westerly, which is resulting in heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere and formation of clouds,” said a duty officer. He maintained that once the cloud cover disappeared, minimum temperatures would witness a fall by a couple of degrees Celsius.

The Met office in Ranchi today recorded 1.6mm of rainfall, while places on the outskirts of the capital saw 2mm. The local observatory in Daltonganj recorded 1.4mm and adjoining districts like Garhwa, Latehar and Chatra received around 1mm.

Inclement weather, with the skies blanketed in cumulonimbus clouds, prevailed at some places, including Jamshedpur and adjoining areas. In the steel city, the wind speed reached 9kmph and its pattern was unsteady. Light showers are expected in the night.

Districts like Seraikela-Kharsawan, Khunti, West Singhbhum and Simdega are also expected to experience sporadic rain and thunder in the next 24 hours.

The moody winter today dragged down day temperatures at many places. Daltonganj recorded a maximum of 19.6C against yesterday’s 30.8C, a plunge of 11 degrees. The reading was nine notches below the average normal.

Minimum temperatures, meanwhile, continued to rise beyond 13C owing to moisture incursion into the atmosphere and cloud cover.

Jharkhand had been under the influence of a western disturbance last Friday, which had led to unseasonal rain in Ranchi, East Singhbhum and several other districts.