Saturday, December 01, 2007

The first "precipitating" W.D. reached the northern parts of the sub continent on the 30th. November. It was effective in breaking a 3 month dry spell in the hills and upper regions.

In Himachal Pradesh, Mashobra experienced the first snowfall of the season.
There are also reports of snowfall in higher reaches in Kullu and Chamba districts. The night temperature at Kalpa dipped to -0.7°C, Sundernagar recorded a minimum of 3.8°C, Bhuntar 3°C, Dharamsala 10.5°C, Una 6.5°C and Manali 3°C.
Breaking a long dry spell, the tourist town of Manali and its adjoining areas had the season’s first snowfall yesterday.
The Pir Panjal ranges, Brighu slopes, the Chanerkhani Pass, the Hampta Pass, Marhi meadows, Gulaba, Kothi, Dhundi and famous ski slopes of the Solang valley also had fresh snowfall. The Rohtang Pass experienced the season’s first heavy snowfall.

In Kashmir,it was after a couple of months that the valley witnessed rainfall, bringing down the day temperature. There were also reports of snowfall at Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg and other areas.

Now, the second W.D. is to bring more snow to the hills, and rain to the plains of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana by the 2nd.
The third W.D. of the series will have an effect almost on the run, that is by the 4th.

The cumulative weather effect will be substantial drop in day and night temperatures in north and central Pakistan, north, central and western India, and fog by the 4th. morning, as the skies clear in the north. By the 4th. Dec., towns in Punjab may experiance minimum temperatures of 3-5 c, and Rajasthan will be 6-8 c. Delhi should be at a minimum of 8-10 c and days at 22-24 c, from the 4th. Maharashtra and Gujarat will get moderate drops in temperatures at night, that this, temperatures will drop by about 3c from the 4th. Rajkot can drop to a minimum of 11-12c and the days will be cooler at around 27c for a few days from the 4th.

Down south, with the retreating of the W.D., an easterly wave may "attempt" to bring some rain to Tamil Nadu and south Kerala by the 7/8th. This can be followed up in the next blog.

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