By no means-Ending Western Winter Storms Proceed to Drench J&Ok, Himachal, Uttarakhand; Gentle Rains Forecast in Delhi


File picture of a winter storm in Kashmir

(Bilal Bahadur/TOI, BCCL, Delhi)

Sunday, February 20: With almost 30 winter western disturbances (WD) because the finish of the monsoon season in 2021, northwestern Indis has remained wetter-than-normal for nearly 4 months now. On common, 4-6 WDs method the Western Himalayan Area each month in the course of the winter season. An extra variety of such storms and the resultant rain can adversely have an effect on the Rabi crops within the area.

As per the forecasts, one other recent WD will probably have an effect on Western Himalayan Area for a number of days beginning Tuesday, February 22. The system and its induced cyclonic circulation will proceed the pattern of extra precipitation in virtually all of the northwestern states, pouring rain and snow throughout the area.

Rain can be most lively on Tuesday, February 22, with remoted heavy rains of as much as 80 mm over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Remoted rainfall is forecast over Punjab on Tuesday, whereas Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, and north Rajasthan will witness gentle rains on Tuesday and Wednesday, says the India Meteorological Division (IMD) bulletin.

Sturdy floor winds of 25-35 kmph will probably prevail over Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh from Sunday to Wednesday and over north Rajasthan on Tuesday. Because the Western Disturbance strikes eastwards, rains will shift into Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, and adjoining areas from Thursday to Friday.

Accordingly, the IMD has issued a ‘yellow watch’ for Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh for Tuesday, urging residents to ‘remember’. The alert continues for Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Wednesday as nicely.

Western Disturbances are low-pressure techniques that originate over the Mediterranean or the Caspian Sea and are pushed in direction of India by high-altitude westerly winds. The disturbances gather moisture from completely different sources alongside the way in which, together with the Arabian Sea.

On Sunday, the climate remained dry and nice in J&Ok and Ladakh, and the met division forecast the identical circumstances to proceed in the course of the subsequent 24 hours. Beneath the affect of the recent western disturbance, the met division expects gentle to average rain/snow for 2 days, starting Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Srinagar recorded 0.1°C, Pahalgam -4.3°C and Gulmarg -8°C because the minimal temperature. Drass in Ladakh had -13.5°C, Leh -6.7°C and Kargil -11.2°C because the night time’s lowest temperature. As per the forecast, the Western Himalayan Area will expertise steady days of considerably larger than regular readings subsequent week.

Between January 1 and February 19, J&Ok and Ladakh have obtained ‘regular’ rains of 185 mm and 23 mm, whereas Himachal has managed to document ‘extra’ rainfall of 213 mm in comparison with its long-term common for this era. All different states and UTs, specifically Chandigarh (236 mm), Uttarakhand (142 mm), Punjab (120 mm), Delhi (95 mm), Haryana (80 mm), Uttar Pradesh (54 mm), and Rajasthan (26 mm), have all registered ‘massive extra’ rains this season.

(With inputs from IANS)


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