The Telegraph
Monday , August 11 , 2014
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Deficit dips, rain show on

- Active monsoon trough promises another good spell today

Heavy and widespread showers for 24 hours tamed Jharkhand’s deficit demon on Sunday.

The rain loss, which had been static at 13 per cent since the beginning of the month, dropped three notches with most parts of the state, including Ranchi and Jamshedpur, recording a low-pressure bounty. Against a normal of 648.7mm, the actual rainfall till Sunday was 586.6mm, a deficit of 10 per cent.

The districts which improved their surplus figures with the current spell include West Singhbhum (41 per cent), Deoghar (26 per cent), East Singhbhum (12 per cent) and Hazaribagh (6 per cent).

The good news doesn’t end here. In its afternoon bulletin, the Patna Meteorological Centre said a cyclonic circulation, which had intensified into a low-pressure trough, would continue the largesse for another 24 hours.

“Saturday’s low-pressure area over Gangetic Bengal and its neighbourhood now lies over northeast Jharkhand and its adjoining areas with an associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 4.5km above sea level. Southwest monsoon is active over Gangetic Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand and will result in another good spell till Monday,” said the duty officer.

He added that they had also issued a heavy rain alert in isolated pockets of Jharkhand in the next 24 hours.

The active monsoon trough coupled with low pressure resulted in moderate to heavy rain across the state since Saturday. Tilaiya in Hazaribagh district topped the chart with 90mm rainfall. Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan was a close second with around 80mm. Latehar district and Chakradharpur in West Singhbhum experienced 70mm.

Jamshedpur received over 60mm rainfall while Ranchi recorded around 42mm. The IMD observatories in Chatra, Daltonganj (Palamau) and Hazaribagh recorded 50mm. Ramgarh and Jamtara scored 30mm while Bokaro and Dumka notched over 20mm. In 20 other places, including Dhanbad, the rainfall recorded was 10mm or a little more.

The Ranchi Meteorological Centre and the Regional Meteorological Centre in Calcutta, in their evening bulletins, echoed Patna Met office. “Showers will drench Jharkhand tomorrow (Monday), particularly its north-eastern districts. We are also expecting rainfall activity for the next few days,” said Upendra Srivastava, a senior official at the Ranchi office.

Hence, hope floats for deficit districts like Garhwa (52 per cent), Ranchi (39 per cent), Lohardaga (34 per cent) and Palamau (32 per cent) among others.