Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 28
Widespread showers and snow over north-western India in the past 24 hours notwithstanding, rains during the month of December in the region so far remains significantly below normal, with some parts remaining completely dry.
From December 1 to December 28, rain in Haryana has been 56 per cent below the long period average for this period, while in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh it is deficient by 20 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, data compiled by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reveals.
Snow and rainfall over the region during the past 24 hours, which was well above normal for this particular day and brought in cold wave conditions and fog, has been attributed to western disturbances prevailing over the western Himalayas and adjoining plains of northwest India. Many areas in the upper reaches of Himachal experienced snow.
The departure from normal in the minimum temperature was up to minus seven degrees Celsius in Himachal and up to minus 5 degrees in Haryana and up to minus 3 degrees in Punjab.
According to IMD, the minimum as well as maximum temperatures over Northwest India will fall by 3-5 degrees Celsius till December 30 due to the prevailing climatic conditions, with cold to severe cold wave conditions, including ground frost, continuing in some parts of the region.
Haryana recorded 2.1 mm rain during this period against the normal of 4.9 per cent, whereas Punjab received 8.4 mm against the normal of 10.5 mm and Himachal received 34.1 mm against the normal of 37.3 mm,
In Haryana eight districts, including Fatehabad, Jind, Gurugram, Rewari, Mahendargarh, Mewat, Palwal and Faridabad, which normally receive 2.8 mm to 5.6 mm rain, remained completely dry this month. Barring three districts in the state, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal, which received surplus rain, the remaining districts remained severely deficient.
In Punjab, Moga was the sole district not to receive any rain this month. Among the other worst affected districts were Mansa, Sangrur, Barnala and Ludhiana, where the shortfall ranged from 68 per cent to 89 per cent. Rain was above the long period average in the districts of Rupnagar, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur.
Rain was above the long period average in six districts of Himachal Pradesh and below in the remaining six. Kinnaur, Shimla and Solan were the worst affected with the shortfall being between 18 per cent to 64 per cent, followed by Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Chamba.