To take your ideas to Policymakers, Join the Campaign of #PolicyPulse Write to feedback@policypulse.com

Rising temperatures, melting snow and god knows what!

Rohtang used to have 10 to 20ft thick blanket of snow till May end and this year the snow cover is about 5ft.

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 21 2016 3:39PM | Updated Date: May 21 2016 3:39PM

Rising temperatures, melting snow and god knows what!

If we take into the account, temeratures of Phalodi district of Rajasthan, that are above 50 degrees, the temperatures of Shimla and Manali that are 29 and 27 degrees respectively, would look much more soother and relieving. 

 

But if we look at the normal temperatures of the past and ask natives about it, they would deny the above said thing. 

 

The scorching heat has not even left the Himalayas alone.  The snow is melting rapidly, and areas at altitude ranging between 11,000ft and 13,000ft have become snowless at least 15 to 20 days in advance. While the overall temperature in the state is four to five degrees above normal at this time of the year, snowline on mountains is receding two to three months in advance.

 

Though the Himalayan ranges had received less snowfall than last year, but prolonged winter season had compensated the losses. The peaks which used to be buried under tonnes of snow have no snow and green grass is growing there. High altitude mountain passes including Hamta, Rohtang, Baralacha and Kunzum have thinnest snow cover these ever had at this time of the year. Rohtang used to have 10 to 20ft thick blanket of snow till May end and this year the snow cover is about 5ft.

 

According to the environmentalists,  less snow on Himalayan ranges can be blamed for the rise in temperature.