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Moderate rain for 72 hours

- Deficit level to come down

Jamshedpur, July 15: Jharkhand can look forward to a good shower show for another 72 hours or so owing to low pressure over neighbouring Odisha and an associated upper air circulation.

Weathermen at Ranchi Meteorological Centre said the twin weather systems would result in a good spell of rain over Jharkhand, especially the southern parts of the state, during the next three days.

“Rain and thundershowers are expected at many places during the next 72 hours due to the impact of the atmospheric circulation. Today, the associated upper air cyclonic circulation was hovering 7.6km above the sea-level,” said B.K. Mandal, director of the Ranchi Meteorological Centre.

He, however, ruled out the possibility of heavy rainfall.

Weathermen in IMD’s Patna office said the conditions were favourable for rainfall activities across Jharkhand in the next few days. “The monsoon trough is stretched between southern Punjab and the east central Bay of Bengal over Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. We are hopeful that the rainfall during the next few days will help reduce the deficit in Jharkhand,” said A.K. Sen, director of Patna Meteorological Centre.

Today, overcast conditions with stratocumulus clouds hovered over Jamshedpur, Ranchi and other parts. Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas witnessed intermittent rain. The weather office in Jamshedpur recorded over 20mm, while the IMD observatory in Ranchi recorded around 4mm of rain till this evening.

Reports of rain poured in from Chaibasa and Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum district, Khunti, Ramgarh and Seraikela-Kharsawan too.

Today’s Met data showed a 14 per-cent rain deficit in Jharkhand. Against a normal rainfall of 356.2mm, the state has received 307.4 mm so far.

Moreover, the data revealed that Simdega still topped the rain-loss list with 65 per cent, followed by Garhwa where the deficit stood at 54 per cent. Lohardaga has notched 52 per cent and Palamau 37 per cent. Rainfall caused by a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal has reduced the deficit level by an average of 3-4 per cent during the last two days.

In Ranchi, however, the deficit rose to 39 per cent from 38 per cent two days ago. The other deficit districts are Dhanbad (25 per cent), Khunti (21 per cent) and Latehar (20 per cent). Rain surplus districts include Pakur (44 per cent), Koderma (40), Deoghar (39) etc.