Sitrang Likely To Bring Light Showers Today | Ranchi News


Ranchi: Light to moderate rainfall is expected in isolated pockets of Kolhan and Santhal Pargana, besides cloudy sky will prevail over Ranchi on Monday and Tuesday, a special weather forecast for Diwali issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted.
Moreover, surface wind will reach up to 40kmph, making it difficult for revellers to light diyas on Diwali.
The change in weather is being triggered by Sitrang, the cyclone which has developed in Andaman Sea and is likely to enter the landmass through coast in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Though Jharkhand is not in the projected line of the cyclonic storm, it is likely to come under peripheral impact with cloudy sky, isolated rainfall and gusty wind.
Director in-charge at the Ranchi centre of IMD, Abhishek Anand said that the extreme northeastern parts of the state is likely to receive good quantum of rainfall.
“Though the impact is likely to be concentrated in Santhal Pargana and Kolhan, including Sahibganj, Dumka, Jamtara, Godda, Giridih West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharsawa cloudy sky could be seen in Ranchi and central parts of the state from Monday till Wednesday,” he added.
Though the rainfall activity is not likely to be significant in the state, high sped surface wind during Diwali night may pose some difficulty in lighting diya and candles.
The cyclonic circulation is predicted to enter Bangladesh through West Bengal and further advance into the northeastern states, including Mizoram and Nagaland.
“The deep depression over west central & adjoining east central Bay of Bengal moved nearly northwards with a speed of 11 kmph during past six hours, intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘sitrang’ and lay centred on Sunday over the same region near latitude 16.4 N and longitude 88.1E, about 730 km northwest of Port Blair, 580 km south of Sagar island and 740 km south-southwest of Barisal (Bangladesh). it is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast between Tinkona island and Sandwip, close to Barisal on Tuesday,” the IMD bulletin read.
The IMD bulletin further said that most of the models indicate that it might intensify into cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.
“The models are also indicating gradual north-northeastward re-curvature of the system from Sunday evening towards Bangladesh coast. Considering all the above, the deep depression over west-central Bay of Bengal is likely to move northwestward during next 12 hours and intensify into a cyclonic storm over central Bay of Bengal. Thereafter, it would recurve and move north-northeastwards and cross Bangladesh coast,” the bulleting stated.


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