Kashmir weather: Short spells of rains in next 10 days but not enough to raise water level in Jhelum

Posted on Apr 28, 2022 | Author TT Desk

At 10:00 a.m. on 28 April, the water of Jhelum at Sangam was 3.55 feet & 5.64 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh Srinagar, which is ‘below normal’ when you compare it to previous years for this time of the year.

In the Seasonal forecasts, weather models have indicated ‘below normal’ to ‘normal’ rainfall in May with above normal temperatures.
Between 01 March & 27 April 2022, J&K has just received 36.6 mm of rainfall against an average of 244.7 mm. The current deficiency stands at 85 %.

Due to the lack of any major spell, above-normal temperatures may dominate on most of the days, thus increasing the melting rate of snow. We have reached a point when the melting of snow isn’t causing an increase in the water level of Jhelum, since most of the snow in higher reaches (especially lower areas) has already completely melted.

Thus the above-normal temperatures will lead to a further fall in the water level of Jhelum.

So, if the government and KPDCL are looking for ‘sufficient rainfall’ to end the power crisis in Jammu and Kashmir (as they have previously named this reason among many other reasons), then they should better find any alternative. (Kashmir Weather)

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