Thursday, March 15, 2007

As mentioned in my last write up,the strong W.D. has hit N.India and brought back winter conditions on 12/13 March. Storms have been affecting parts of northern India over the last few days, bringing heavy rain, hail, thunder and with some heavy snow falls too over the higher ground.
In H.P.normal life in the hill state was thrown out of gear as snow and rain lashed the region. The tribal areas of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, Churdhar, Harpur Dhar, Dhauldhar and other higher reaches have been having incessant heavy snow.
The tourist resort of Manali, Narkanda and Solang nullah are also having intermittent snow. Dhundi in Kulu has recorded the highest 200 cm of snowfall during the current spell, followed by the Rohtang Pass (120 cm), Solang Nullah (123 cm), Keylong (80 cm), Patsio (60 cm) and Bahang (Manali) 50 cm. The Hatu peak recorded 70 cm of snowfall while Narkanda and the nearby tourist resort of Kufri registered 30 cm and 5 cm, respectively.
The state capital,Simla, and the surrounding areas have been having continuous rain accompanied with sleet and snow flakes since 12th..It was followed by a mild snowfall. The high-velocity winds brought down the temperature to the freezing point. The nearby tourist resort of Kufri and Fagu had a mild snowfall.
The Churdhar, Haripurdhar, Chanshal slopes and other higher reaches have recorded the heaviest snow fall of the season in this spell.The roads leading to Chopal and Rohru were also blocked due to heavy snow. Narkanda has recorded 80 cm of snowfall over the two days.

In Chandigarh,the rainfall for the month of March crossed the 123.7 mm mark, city roads wore a chaotic look. Four spells of hailstorm and 24.6 mm make it impossible for vehicular traffic to move. The recorded 123.7 mm of rainfall for March is 109-1 mm above normal .
But this time the rainfall has been heavier, said met officials, confirming that this was unusual for March. Unseasonal rains caused the cold wave to return,12th. being the coldest day in March in the last 11 years.

Srinagar too,had the heaviest snow of this season on 12th.an unprecedented two feet of snow was recorded on Tuesday morning.

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