Sunday, January 16, 2011

Latest Feedback on snowfall in Nepal received from Neeraj here.

Sunday, 16th. Jan, sees Severe Temperatures in North India:

Kashmir: Shyok: -31c, Drass: -23c, Pahalgam: -16.1c, Gulmarg:-14.2c, Kargil: -13.4c and Leh:-8c.

Today, Sunday, it was the Valley which shivered, and Ladakh region was a bit “better”. The sudden plunge in the minimum temperature across the Valley was due to the heavy snowfall on Friday,

In H.P. Keylong was coldest in the state at -12.7c. Kalpa was at -9c, and snowfall on Saturday was heavy in some areas.

Shimla experiencing its coldest night of the season on Saturday. The capital saw 5 cm of snow too on Saturday. Water in taps in residential areas located in Shimla's US Club and Jakhu hills remained frozen throughout the day.

On Saturday, Uttarakhand with the higher reaches received heavy snowfall. There was heavy snowfall in Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Auli, Nandadevi. Rainfall coupled with hailstorm in lower hills and plain areas intensified the cold conditions in the state. The state capital Dehra Dun, which also received a hailstorm followed by rainfall, recorded a maximum temperature of 14c, four notches below normal.

South India:

Cold wave conditions in interior Karnataka and A.P. prevailed on Saturday/Sunday.Temperatures could drop in Bangalore next 2 nights.

Agumbe was 7c on Saturday, while Rentachintala, Belgaum Airport and Haveri recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 9c.

The Nilgiris are witnessing low temperatures, with Ooty touching 4c on Sunday. With more clear nights in the next few days, frost has been forecast for the Nilgiri hills region.

With the upper winds set to change from the prevailing North- Easterly direction, I see the NE monsoon winds retreating from the region in a couple of days.

Nepal: As forecasted, hilly areas of Kathmandu witnessed snowfall on Saturday night/Sunday owing to the western disturbance.

This is the second time this year that the hilly areas around Kathmandu have witnessed mild snowfall, the first one being in late December considered normal.

However, Neeraj from Khatmandu mentions of very light snow in the city.

Quote Neeraj: There was light rainfall in kathmandu today. It had drizzled a little early in the morning, the day was mostly cloudy and it started to rain at around 3:45 this afternoon. There are reports of widespread snow in most of the mountains surrounding the Kathmandu valley, and interestingly enough there was slight snow flurry in the valley floor too..It was not there in the city center but many locations in the outskirts reported seeing dusting of little bit of snow. I was lucky enough to have just two flakes land on my jacket..Just two flakes, and then it was all rain".

Snowfall in Manang and Lamjung since Saturday evening has grounded flights in Manang and stranded trekkers along the Annapurna circuit. Snowfall has also affected normal life in Lumle of Kaski district.

The W.D. has moved as a very feeble current into the NE states of India, and should fizzle out in a day.

Pakistan:

Yesterday’s projection of -1c in Islamabad proved correct. The capital was below freezing (-1c) on Sunday morning, and Karachi was at a low of 7c on Sunday.The Lowest in the plains was again at Nokkundi, which froze at -3.9c.

The below normal temperatures will rise to normal levels, as a W.D. approaches the Sub-Continent.

2 comments:

Neeraj said...

You might be interested in this report:http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/01/17/top-story/snowfall-may-drag-mercury-below-zero/328142/

svt said...

Will the withdrawal of north-east monsoon will result in w.d. diping lower over guj, maha in coming days (also less humidity) and therefore even cooler temp. Over maha. especially mumbai.