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Behold a magnanimous monsoon!

- Showers drag down Jharkhand deficit to 25 per cent overnight, more in store for next 48 hours

So what if the Indian June has been the third driest in over a hundred years. Jharkhand for one is truly blessed.

The IMD offices in Ranchi and Patna on Tuesday jointly predicted a spell of happy showers in the state in the next 48 hours.

Weathermen in the capital said the monsoon trough was currently crossing Jharkhand, an indicator of moderate to heavy rainfall. “The trough is stretched between Uttar Pradesh and the north-west Bay, passing through Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal. This, coupled with a cyclonic circulation that has converted into low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, will result in fairly widespread rain for the next two days. Heavy rain is expected at a few places,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

The Patna weather office issued heavy rainfall warning at some places after the next 24 hours and said precipitation would increase further. “The monsoon trough is expected to go southwards, which will result in good spell of rainfall across the state. The intensity will increase after the next 24 hours,” said A.K. Sen, the director of the meteorological centre in the Bihar capital.

The senior weatherman added that the situation was “favourable” for rainfall activity over Jharkhand and that the prevailing conditions were resulting in heavy moisture incursion into the atmosphere.

The shower sop over the past 24 hours has, meanwhile, dragged down rainfall deficit by six per cent. Against a normal average of 206.7mm, the rain-o-meter so far reads 154.2mm. Hence, the deficit on Tuesday stood at 25 per cent against 31 per cent on Monday, June 30, when the actual figure was 136.5mm against a normal of 197.5mm.

Three districts — East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Pakur — have recorded surplus rainfall of 10, 36 and 13 per cent, respectively. Gumla has registered almost normal rainfall. Also, no district has so far entered the scanty category of 60 per cent deficit and above. The deprived list, however, includes Lohardaga (58 per cent), Garhwa (52 per cent), Latehar (26 per cent) and Ranchi (21 per cent).

Several parts of Jharkhand, including Ranchi, Gumla, Pakur, Lohardaga, Daltonganj and Kharsawan soaked in showers on Tuesday. While the capital city received 29mm, steel city Jamshedpur registered around 15mm. Around 70 per cent IMD observatories in the state reported rain in the past 24 hours.

Monsoon experts have promised that the current spell, expected to last for another four to five days, will further bring down the deficit.