Srinagar, April 20:
Plentiful rains and mountain snowfall have occurred across Jammu & Kashmir, reviving the prospects of a good farming season, including paddy cultivation in north Kashmir.
Weather data and other information analysed by Ziraat Times indicates more precipitation is on the cards later this month and May.
How much rains and snowfall occurred and where:
West of Kashmir valley
Information gathered by ZIraat Times indicates that the Pirpanjal mountain range right from the start of the Shamsbari mountains in North Kashmir to Verinag-Kapran area have received snowfall ranging between two feet and 4 inches.
Lower altitude areas like Pir ki Gali, Yusmarg, Tossa Maidan, Gulmarg have received snowfall ranging between 8 to 6 inches. The Karewas which have been facing a serious deficit of precipitation have received abundant rainfall.
These mountains feed some very important streams like Doodh Ganga, Nallah Ferozpur and many other tributaries of the Jhelum.
In north Kashmir, Karnah and Gurez have received fresh snowfall, which Uri has received good rainfall. While Kupwara, Handwara and Bandipora plains received rainfall, the upper mountain reaches have received snowfall ranging between one feet to 5 inches.
In Ganderbal district, the SIndh valley, as forecast by ZIraat Times earlier this month received one of the highest precipitations, including snow in the surrounding mountains ranging between 2 feet in the Harmukh mountains to 6 inches in and around Sonamarg areas.
Zojila Pass has received about 6 inches snowfall.
These mountains feed Sindh river, nallah Madhumati, Wullar lake and many other smaller tributaries of the Jhelum and the Sindh rivers.
Ladakh and Kargil
While in Leh precipitation has been modest, mountains in the Zanskar range have received significant snowfall ranging between one and a half feet to four inches.
In eastern side of Kashmir valley, Mahadev peak has received about one feet of snow, while the Zabarwan hills in Srinagar have received about 5 inches of fresh snow.
Snowfall in these mountains is likely to help recharge Dal lake, Anchar lake, Nigeen lake and also help improve water flow situation in streams that supply drinking water to Srinagar city and other areas.
While Pahalgam received rains and sleet, the high mountain ranges in the area, including Kolohoi glacier area received heavy snowfall ranging between one feet to six inches.
Kolohoi glacier is one of the main sources of Lidder River, and the fresh snowfall in its catchment areas is expected to enhance water flow in the river considerably in the coming months.
While South Kashmir areas like Verinag, Kapran received rain and sleet, the upper reaches like the Margan Pass, Sinthan Pass areas received snowfall ranging between 2 feet and 6 inches.
While South Kashmir plains of Kulgam and Shopian received good rainfall; upper reaches of Manzgam, Chimmer and Aharbal in Pirpanjal mountains that feed Nallah Vishaw and Rambiara have received snowfall ranging between two feet and one foot.
According to the Met Department
Rains Local forecast of Srinagar for 21.04.2018:
Possibility of light rain / thundershowers. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 16°C & 08oC respectively.
Local forecast of Jammu for 21.04.2018: Possibility of light rain / thundershowers. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 250C & 15°C respectively.
Local forecast of Leh for 21.04.2018: Partly cloudy sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 100C & 050C respectively.
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ZT Weather Monitoring Team
Srinagar, April 13: A new spell of heavy rains in the plains and snowfall in upper mountains is likely to start from coming Monday across Jammu & Kashmir.
Ziraat Times' analysis of weather data from multiple meteorological and satellite sources indicates that the spell would witness its heaviest precipitation on Wednesday or Thursday with heavy rainfall to occur across Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region.
Snowfall is likely to happen across Pirpanjal mountain range, Zanskar and Outer Himalayas. Some light snowfall is also likely in Sindh valley, upper karewa belts of Bandipora and Kupwara.
Farmers are advised to plan their cultivation and spraying schedules accordingly.
Updated on April 14, time 10:30 am
Ziraat Times Weather Monitoring
Srinagar, April 5: Analysis of weather data from multiple sources indicates that Jammu & Kashmir is likely to witness some decent rains in the month of April.
While the plains of Kashmir valley, karewas and parts of Pirpanjal and Chenab valley would experience rains starting from second week of April, the Zanskar range, outer Himalayan range east of Kashmir valley and the peaks of Pirpanjal range above the tree line would witness snowfall.
Heavy rainfall and snowfall are likely in the neighboring regions of Tajikistan, northern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and Himachal Pradesh. Punjab and Haryana are expected to receive rains as well.
Due to widespread snowfall in the neighboring regions, Jammu and Kashmir, mainly Kashmir region, is likely to witness a dip in temperatures.
Farmers may plan their activities accordingly.