Jammu and Kashmir Records Driest, Warmest January in 43 Years

Jammu and Kashmir Records Driest, Warmest January in 43 Years

In terms of snowfall or rains, Srinagar city witnessed the second driest January in the past four decades, recording a mere 3.0 mm of precipitation in the month this year, it said. Several parts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Srinagar city, witnessed the warmest January in 43 years, the Meteorological Centre Srinagar’s data said. In terms of snowfall or rains, Srinagar city witnessed the second driest January in the past four decades, recording a mere 3.0 mm of precipitation in the month this year, it said. The lowest precipitation in…

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Kashmir’s Wetland Jewel Shines Brighter: Chatlam Welcomes Migratory Throngs & Rare Treasures

Kashmir's Wetland Jewel Shines Brighter: Chatlam Welcomes Migratory Throngs & Rare Treasures

Amidst a long-drawn-out dry spell, this winter sprang a surprise for bird watchers with a rare guest sighting at the wetlands of south Kashmir’s Pampore area after a long time. The Common shelduck belonging to the Anatidae family was sighted near Chatlam wetland, barely 2 km from Pampore town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, after many years. Director Wetland Research Centre, Wildlife Conservation Fund, and Project Associate -I at Wildlife Institute of India, Parvaiz Yousuf said, “It is a rare bird and was spotted at the wetland after many years.…

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The Jhelum River Whispers a Warning: A Looming Water Crisis in Kashmir

The Jhelum River Whispers a Warning: A Looming Water Crisis in Kashmir

The Jhelum River Runs Dry: A Looming Crisis in Kashmir By : Javid Amin The mighty Jhelum River, once a vibrant artery pulsating through the heart of Kashmir, now murmurs a desperate plea. Its once abundant flow, nourishing the land and cradling diverse life, has dwindled to a mere shadow, exposing parched riverbeds and painting a grim picture of an impending water crisis. At Sangam, in South Kashmir, and Asham, in the north, the river has plunged to its all-time lowest levels, a chilling testimony to the fragile balance being…

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Gone with the White Wind: Melting Mountains Paint a Grim Picture for Spring Runoff

Gone with the White Wind: Melting Mountains Paint a Grim Picture for Spring Runoff

Gone with the White Wind: Melting Mountains Paint a Grim Picture for Spring Runoff Dry, snowless peaks have cast a shadow on tourism in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh but the impact of the underlying causes on the next few months is far more worrying — for they could portend a warmer spring. The absence of active western disturbances and shortage of rain and snow will have implications for the Rabi (winter) crop and are suggestive of high temperatures early in spring, experts said. In December, the rain deficiency was 79%…

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A Silent Alarm Bell: Climate Change Causes Dryspell In Kashmir, Gulmarg’s Snowless Season Highlights Vulnerability of Himalayan Ecoregion

A Silent Alarm Bell: Climate Change Causes Dryspell In Kashmir, Gulmarg's Snowless Season Highlights Vulnerability of Himalayan Ecoregion

Kashmir’s Silent Winter: A Climate Change Symphony of Loss and Hope By: Javid Amin In the breathtaking tapestry of the Himalayas, where emerald valleys dance with snow-capped peaks, winter usually paints Kashmir in a pristine tapestry of white. Yet, this year, a disquieting silence hangs heavy in the air, broken only by the wind whistling through barren branches. Gulmarg, the glittering crown jewel of winter tourism, lies stark and snowless, its ski slopes yearning for the embrace of fallen flakes. This unprecedented dry spell, a jarring departure from Kashmir’s historical…

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Where’s the White Wonderland? Kashmir Awaits Winter Snow, Gulmarg’s White Blanket Stolen

Where's the White Wonderland? Kashmir Awaits Winter Snow, Gulmarg's White Blanket Stolen

Kashmir’s Snowy Sojourn Interrupted: El Niño Casts a Dry Spell Over Winter Wonderland The ethereal image of Kashmir blanketed in winter’s pristine white seems a distant memory this year. In place of the glistening slopes and powder-soft blanket, Gulmarg and the surrounding valleys wear a new, unsettling attire – one of barren brown slopes and anxious murmurs. Where has Kashmir’s winter wonderland, a crown jewel of Indian tourism, seemingly vanished? An Alarming Aridity: The answer lies in a stark statistic: a 79% rainfall deficit plaguing the Kashmir Valley throughout December…

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From Uttarakhand to Kashmir: Understanding the Himalayan Development Dilemma in Depth

From Uttarakhand to Kashmir: Understanding the Himalayan Development Dilemma in Depth

Reevaluating Himalayan Development Models: Lessons from Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapse and Kashmir Challenges By: Javid Amin The collapse of a tunnel in Uttarakhand recently has reverberated as more than just a tragic incident; it’s a poignant call to reconsider the development strategies in the Himalayan region. To grasp the implications fully, it’s imperative to widen the lens beyond Uttarakhand, shedding light on the similar challenges faced by regions like Kashmir. The Himalayas, known for their breathtaking landscapes and ecological significance, are experiencing increased human intervention. The Uttarakhand tunnel collapse is a…

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Amarnath Cave Shrine In Kashmir Himalayas Gets Motorable Road, But At What Cost?

Amarnath Cave Shrine In Kashmir Himalayas Gets Motorable Road, But At What Cost?

A Road to Development or Ecological Peril? By: Javid Amin The Amarnath Cave Shrine, a place of divine serenity ensconced in the lofty Himalayas of Kashmir, is more than just a pilgrimage site. It’s a spiritual beacon that draws millions of Hindu devotees from across the world. At an altitude of over 3,800 meters, this shrine is not just a religious destination; it’s an arduous journey into the heart of nature’s splendor. However, the recent developments in the Kashmir Valley, driven by the Indian government’s initiatives, have brought about significant…

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MeT Predicts Light Rain Spell in Jammu and Kashmir From October 7

MeT Predicts Light Rain Spell in Jammu and Kashmir From October 7

The meteorological department said that the weather was mainly clear across the union territory during the day. The meteorological department said that the weather was mainly clear across Jammu and Kashmir during the day. “There was light snowfall in higher reaches particularly in Sonamarg and Gurez on Thursday night. However, the weather improved and was mostly dry today,” said an official of MeT. After overnight rains and snowfall over higher reaches of Kashmir, the weather improved in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The meteorological department said that the weather was…

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Kashmir experiences first major rains of autumn season

Kashmir experiences first major rains of autumn season

The weather turned cloudy in the afternoon with mild to heavy rains in the evening, particularly in central and north Kashmir areas The first major rains of the autumn season lashed parts of Kashmir on Monday as a Western Disturbance hit the region, bringing down the temperatures. The weather turned cloudy in the afternoon with mild to heavy rains in the evening, particularly in central and north Kashmir areas. The region witnessed dusty winds after weeks of mostly dry weather. “The rainfall has started across Kashmir and a few parts…

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