Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Welcome winter rains : 16/17Feb2013

It has been almost bone dry here after the withdrawal of the south-westerly monsoons in Sep2012 and so the sudden, albeit light showers, which came down in Darjeeling district and which resulted in snowfall in some areas of Sikkim and Bhutan as a result of a western disturbance moving through the northern parts of Indian sub-continent was wholly welcome.
This rainfall though meagre, will certainly increase the greenery in our water-starved forests and will hopefully result in less devastation of our forests due to fires besides recharging so many of our thirsty natural springs.
Rainfall data from STH, ARG (automatic rainfall gauge) in Kalimpong:
16Feb2013 : 16mm
17Feb2013 : 9mm

Praful Rao

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