Rains in J&K to continue

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/25/2014 12:12:31 PM

SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Giving a tough time to the Valleyites, rainfall lashed Valley yet again. From late Sunday evening, rainfall started in several parts of Kashmir. It continued to lash Jammu and Kashmir through the night. There have been, however, no reports of snowfall from any part of the Valley.
“Light to moderate rainfall has been reported from all parts of Jammu and Kashmir region from yesterday evening,” said Sonum Lotus, Director Meteorological department. Rainfall has brought a dip in the day temperatures again. The day began with cold and wet weather conditions. Weatherman has predicted wet weather for the whole of this month.
“Except for March 26-27, the weather shall remain cloudy and wet for rest of the days of this month,” Lotus added. He revealed after 2007, this year has received the highest precipitation in the month of March at around 100 mm. The maximum precipitation so far received in the month of March was in 1983 at 365mm. The month of April is also likely to remain wet.
Till this afternoon, Srinagar received 3.4 mm of rainfall. Banihal, reported 9 mm of rainfall, Pahalgam 1.2 mm, Kupwara 6.9 mm, Kokernag 1.9 mm and Qazigund 1.2 mm of rainfall.
Jammu received 10.2 mm of rainfall whereas Katra reported 24.4 mm of precipitation. No snowfall has been reported from any part of the Valley. The persistent precipitation from winter season has irked locals who now wish for warmer days. The rainfall and low temperatures have affected floriculture and horticulture in Kashmir besides causing inconvenience to the people.
“This year has been really bothersome. We have hardly seen sunshine since November,” said Mohammad Iqbal, a local trader. He says it has just been few days since the water logging has ceased in his area, “But now this rain will surface the problem again.” People have been finding difficult to carry on with their routine activities.
“Even as spring season is already here, we are bearing with winter weather. We wish to see flowering and sunny weather now,” says Afsana, a student.



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