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First winter rainfall across country; heavy snowfall in northern hilly belt



Giving hope to the farmers for winter crop production while also crippling life across the northern belt of the country, western disturbance brought the first winter rainfall across the country on Saturday.

Mercury dropped sharply with the rainfall throughout the country accompanied by heavy snowfall in mountainous region while the temperature in the capital dropped by a whopping 7 degree Celsius within 24 hours.

Kathmandu´s maximum temperature was recorded 19 degree Celsius on Friday that dipped to 12.6 on Saturday, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD).
The same pattern of decline was recorded in the far-west and eastern high hills and mountainous regions as well.

The maximum temperature of Jumla felt down to 4.5 degree Celsius on Saturday from 15.5 degree recorded on Friday.  Likewise, Taplejung witnessed 6 degree Celsius fall in temperature that was recorded as high as 17.5 only on Thursday. In Jiri temperature dropped to 10.1 from 15.2 degree Celsius within 24hours.

According to Shiva Nepal, Senior Divisional Meteorologist at the MFD, the weather condition is likely to improve by Sunday in most parts of the country.
The rainfall pattern for the last couple of years has shown that western disturbance has been causing rainfall in Nepal around the time since 2012.
Thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rainfall was recorded across the country on January 9 in 2012 and on Jan 18 in 2013.

The western disturbance that is the only reason for rainfall in Nepal during the winters remained active with a series of weather disturbance in mid-winter this time, said Nepal.
“The disturbance has brought the rainfall to Nepal for the fourth time in the winter in as many years,” he added.

The high mountain region of the far-west and eastern Nepal had received heavy snowfall followed by a spell of rainfall earlier in December, mentioned Nepal.
The far-west and some places of hilly areas would remain partly cloudy on Sunday with chances of brief rainfall in a few places with improved fair weather in the rest of the country.

However, Kathmandu´s weather forecast states that Sunday morning would remain foggy with the sunrise later on the day with 17-19 degree Celsius maximum temperature, according to the MFD forecasts.


Source: Republica


Published on 2014-01-19 02:19:52

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