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Wednesday , May 28 , 2014
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Bokaro’s bounty & more in store

May is the month of surplus. Or so it may suddenly seem with a depression over the Bay of Bengal showering Jharkhand with more than what it had hoped for in peak summer.

The low-pressure zone, which originated in the Bay and moved towards Odisha, resulted in widespread rainfall on Tuesday. Bokaro topped the chart with 97.6mm in 24 hours and weathermen promised more precipitation on Wednesday. Maximum temperatures took a tumble below 30°C in many places.

“Satellite pictures indicate that the low-pressure trough is gradually moving in a north-westerly direction. We have come to the conclusion that several parts of Jharkhand will witness more rainfall in the next 24 hours,” said A.K. Sen, the director of Patna Meteorological office.

According to Sen, a 75 per cent chunk of the state has experienced rainfall in the past 24 hours. “The intensity of rain will weaken by Wednesday afternoon only to gain momentum once again a day later because the low-pressure trough is expected to move towards Jharkhand,” he predicted a wet spell ahead.

The senior weather official pointed out that the depression was drawing in the south-west monsoon, which had already reached the Bay of Bengal. “Low pressure is helping in advancement of monsoon currents,” he said, adding that because of this system, moist winds from the Bay were blowing towards land and forming clouds, leading to rainfall.

In Met parlance, rainfall of 60mm and above is considered as heavy. Bokaro alone crossed the mark although its adjoining districts like Dhanbad too witnessed downpour on Tuesday. The maximum windspeed in the Coal Belt was 35kmph.

Ranchi experienced a moderate spell. The IMD office in the capital recorded 31.4mm in the past 24 hours. The weather office in Jamshedpur registered around 15mm. Places like Daltonganj, Dumka, and Seraikela-Kharsawan (see box) also soaked up some relief.

Maximum temperatures plummeted across state. Ranchi was the coolest one at 25°C, 12 notches below normal. The reading in Daltonganj nosedived to 29°C, 10 below normal. Jamshedpur too recorded 29°C, 11 notches below the normal.

Minimum readings witnessed similar plunge in most parts of the state. The discomfort index was negligible in many places, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

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