The Telegraph
Wednesday , March 5 , 2014
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Expect more rain today

Make sure you carry raincoats and umbrellas while travelling out. For, the Met department has forecast rain over Jharkhand in the next 24-hours.

“The weather chart indicates a cyclonic circulation over Chhattisgarh and neighbouring Odisha which has formed due to the impact of a western disturbance. This will result in rainfall in some parts of the state during the next 24-hours,” said a senior Met official at the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

Director of Patna Meteorological Centre A.K. Sen said the cyclonic circulation had formed over central India and was moving gradually towards Odisha. “The cyclonic circulation was leading to heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere. It will result in rain over Jharkhand,” he explained.

But the senior Met official allayed fears of inclement weather continuing through the week. “The impact of the cyclonic circulation will be limited to another 24-hours. The weather will improve after that,” he said.

Weathermen said the cyclonic circulation extended about a kilometre above sea level.

As if on cue, rain and thundershowers were reported from various parts of the from the evening, including Ranchi, Jamshedpur and its adjoining districts. The sky remained overcast from the afternoon in most parts of the state.

Daltonganj and its neighbouring districts also reported light rain during the evening.

Weathermen ruled out the possibility of a hailstorm, but conceded that blanket clouds were expected for 24 hours. “There will be rain and thundershowers on Wednesday, too, at a few places over Jharkhand,” said a duty officer at the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta.

He said the prevailing weather conditions would push up night temperatures further while day temperatures would see a fall of 3-4 degree Celsius below normal.