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Tempest to tame Celsius for week

- Ranchi’s Nor’wester II snips IPL tie to T17

Jamshedpur, May 2: Parched Jharkhand’s more than a fortnight-long wait got over today as the season’s second Nor’wester lashed the state capital at 2.45pm and dragged down temperatures, but delayed the IPL season’s first India match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Ranchi.

Today’s identical twin of the first low-intensity storm, which had hit Dumka and Ranchi on April 14, triggered light to moderate rainfall at many places including the capital and Jamshedpur.

Weathermen are not ruling out showers during the weekend too and respite from the heat for at least a week.

In the steel city, sharp showers resulted in waterlogging while gusty winds tore through billboards. Trees lost branches in Telco and rainwater soiled homes in several low-lying areas.

According to Patna Meteorological Centre, a “Nor’wester-like condition” was building over Jharkhand owing to frequent change in wind pattern since morning. “The storm gained momentum following a cyclonic circulation over Bihar and its adjoining areas. It resulted in rain and thunderstorm at many places,” said director A.K. Sen.

The local Met office in Jamshedpur recorded a wind speed of 35-40kmph, while the IMD observatory at Sonari Airport registered 16mm rainfall till 5.30pm. Showers were continuing till the filing of this report at 8pm.

In Ranchi, showers trailed a thunderstorm and the rain meter read 1mm around 8.30pm. Ranchi weather office director B.K. Mandal put the wind speed at over 50kmph, but added actual figures would be available only tomorrow.

The steel hub’s adjoining areas such as Seraikela, Ghatshila and Chandil also experienced sharp showers, which continued for an hour and a half from 5.15pm.

Weathermen said radar images indicated formation of thunderclouds at many places and the easterly winds, which heralded the summer saviour, were predominant in most parts of Jharkhand.

“There will be respite from the scorching heat for at least 4-5 days. Rainfall activity is likely in most parts of the state, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, over the next few days,” Sen said.

The Nor’wester brought down maximum temperatures by three degrees in the steel hub and its adjoining areas. Jamshedpur recorded 41.5C against 43.4C yesterday. In Ranchi, daytime readings dropped by only a degree Celsius to around 39.

The Ranchi Meteorological Centre, in its 24-hour forecast, has promised partly cloudy skies with possibility of rain and thunderstorm.

“The relative humidity level has witnessed an abrupt rise owing to the change in the wind pattern from westerly to easterly. It reached over 90 per cent in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas this evening. This heavy incursion of moisture is favourable for another bout of rain,” said the duty officer at the Met centre.