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Thursday , July 10 , 2014
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Rains lose strength, briefly

The rain bounty will take a bow from Jharkhand for at least until weekend, weathermen warned on Wednesday.

The IMD offices in Patna and Ranchi have forecast a dry spell in the state for 72 hours or more because the monsoon trough has moved north.

“The trough has shifted towards the foothills of the Himalayas. The prevailing system will deprive Jharkhand of uniform and widespread rain for the next few days,” said B.K. Mandal, the director of Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

Analysts at Patna Meteorological Centre pointed out that monsoon activity was already subdued for the last 24 hours. “Owing to the shifting of the trough, most places across Jharkhand has remained devoid of showers since Tuesday. The subdued condition is also prevailing in neighbouring Bengal and Odisha,” said director A.K. Sen.

Data too showed that only around half a dozen IMD observatories had reported rainfall in the past 24 hours.

Weathermen, however, said that rain and thundershowers might continue in isolated pockets for the next three-four days because of building local weather systems.

The IMD offices forecast “generally cloudy skies” in most places with “possibility of thunder development” in isolated pockets, especially in hilly terrain.

They unanimously maintained that the trough would be revived around Sunday and that would result in widespread rainfall in the state.

“A cyclonic circulation is gradually developing over the north Bay of Bengal. It is expected to convert into a low-pressure area and result in shower activity in another four days from today (Wednesday),” said a senior Met official in Ranchi.

Hot and sultry in the morning, Jamshedpur received around 23mm rainfall early in the evening owing to the impact of local systems that resulted in formation of convective clouds.

Sharp showers were experienced for about an hour from 4pm.

Statistics revealed that the state’s rainfall deficit on Wednesday stood at two per cent. Against a normal of 290mm, it has so far received 283mm.

According to data, the deficit districts include Simdega (68 per cent), Garhwa (53 per cent), Lohardaga (52 per cent), Palamau (31 per cent) and Ranchi (29 per cent). Some of the surplus districts are Pakur (65 per cent), Deoghar (57 per cent), Koderma (50 per cent), Hazaribagh (33 per cent) and Dumka (26 per cent).

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