Jamshedpur : The south-west monsoon today entered Jharkhand and Bihar with several areas, including the Chhotanagpur plateau, experiencing the first shower of the season.
It was a welcome respite from the sultry and humid spell. However, the city and its adjoining areas had been experiencing intermittent pre-monsoon showers for the past four days.
Officials at the regional meteorological centre at Alipore said, “The south-west monsoon has advanced into some parts of Jharkhand and Bihar this morning. The monsoon first hit the Gangetic West Bengal before making its way into the hilly terrain of Jharkhand and Bihar.”
The weathermen at the regional meteorological office in Patna also confirmed the onset of monsoon in parts of Jharkhand and Bihar.
The duty officer at the Patna office said, “The Pune-based Indian Meteorological Department has officially announced the arrival of monsoon in Jharkhand and Bihar. A circular in this connection has been sent to the Alipore office and we have been informed about its arrival.”
Officially, the arrival of monsoon is declared when a place records nearly 3 mm of pre-monsoon rainfall for three consecutive days. The Chhotanagpur plateau and other hilly terrain of the state have recorded more than 3 mm rainfall for the past three days. Besides, Purnea, Dharbhanga and Latehar also recorded 20 mm rainfall, officials at the Patna weather office said.
According to statistics available at the regional meteorological office, last year, the first spell of monsoon arrived in the state on June 16 while neighbouring West Bengal experienced it a day before.
According to weatherman at the local office, this year the monsoon is expected to stretch for a longer period as it was delayed by about 10 days.
The delay was due to its late arrival in Kerala. The onset of monsoon was also a welcome relief for farmers, who have been praying for rain. But prolonged monsoon might play spoilsport with the crop,” said a weather expert.
The local weather office recorded a rainfall of 8.8 mm yesterday, while it recorded over 3 mm rainfall this morning . A fruit vendor at the busy Sakchi market welcoming the first spell of monsoon rain said, “The monsoon will definitely bring relief from the unbearable heat.”
It won’t affect my business that much as it was affected during the scorching summer season.”While an office-goer Rahul Kumar who got trapped in water clogging at the Station overbridge said, “When you are in the office or at home, the rains are welcome . But, you would not feel nice if you got caught on the way