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Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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Shower show to continue today

Jharkhand felt an unseasonal shiver down its spine as a cyclonic circulation continued to trigger rain and dragged down maximum temperatures several notches below normal for the second consecutive day on Friday.

An overcast sky and intermittent showers remained the order of the day, particularly in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and their adjoining areas, while the morning humidity crossed 95 per cent at many places.

The shower show is expected to continue for another 24 hours before the cyclonic system weakens.

Weathermen in the steel city recorded 37mm of rain in 24 hours. The intensity was the heaviest around 2.30am, when the spell lasted for one hour and a half.

The rain-o-meter in Ranchi read around 34mm, while Bokaro registered 40mm. Bero and Basia in Khunti district too recorded 40mm, and Nimdih in Seraikela-Kharsawan notched around 30mm. The Palamau region experienced more than 20mm with Daltonganj alone soaking in 21.1mm.

Giridih and Dumka received around 20mm of rainfall in 24 hours. Several other districts, including Koderma, Ramgarh and West Singhbhum, recorded around 10mm since Thursday evening.

Weathermen attributed the two-day shower show to the cyclonic circulation. “An upper-air low-pressure trough has formed between western UP and coastal Bangladesh across Bihar and coastal Bengal. The trough is existing between 1.5km and 3.1km above sea level,” said A.E. Kujur of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

According to Met officials, the prevailing weather is causing heavy incursion of moisture into theatmosphere. The wind pattern, which is north-easterly in direction, is also contributing to the inflow.

In its 24-hour forecast, the Patna Meteorological Centre has predicted rain and thundershowers in a few pockets of Jharkhand. It, however, added that the cyclonic circulation would gradually become weak and the climate would start improving after 24 hours.

Friday’s adverse weather pushed up night readings in most parts of the state by three to four notches above normal. On the other hand, rain accompanied by wind brought down day temperatures.

Capital Ranchi took extra cover as the maximum read 20°C, nine notches below normal. Jamshedpur was a tad warmer at 21.2°C, 10 notches below normal.

Residents said they once again felt the nip in the air. “It seems winter has made a comeback. I had to wear a sweater and a cap to work,” said Sangeeta Jha, an employee of a bank in Bistupur.