Monday, March 4, 2013
March weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years
Similar to the weather pattern of the previous month, mercury level in the month fluctuates within the range of as much as 20°C in a day. Thus, March is also the season of falling into prey of catching cold. And also thanks to the dryness, dust and pollen particles in air, much of Kathmanduites complain of throat problem in this season. KEEP A MASK HANDY all the time this month at least!!
This year, the month started with hot 30°C on the very first day and the minimum temperature down at 6.5°C, which is so far the hottest and the coldest day of the month.
The month of March in year 2010 was the warmest compared to the rest. In 2010, throughout the month, the daytime maximum temperature stayed above 25°C. Average monthly max in this year was almost 5°C above the monthly average of 24°C for past 30 years. Mar 24, in the same year was the warmest day with 33°C. Average minimum temperature in March 2010 was also almost 4° above the average monthly min at 10.9°C and number of days below 10°C was lowest in this year compared to the rest in recent years. In recent years both the max and min temperature stayed above the monthly averages for the month in past 30 years.
Average monthly rainfall in Kathmandu in March amounts to 34.2mm. The maximum 24 hours rainfall recorded in March was 39mm in Mar 12, 1978. Rainfall in the month of March remained very much average in recent years. However in last two years, the amount of rainfall collected in Kathmandu in March was about half the normal for the month. It is yet to see if March 2013 receives some decent amount of rainfall, that also directly affects the power supply in Nepal which mostly depends in run-off hydro power generation.
Below comparison of March 2013 weather trend to past six years trend.
Averages and extremes
Number of warm and cold days
data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com
Monthly weather trends in recent years for other months:
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Kathmandu Rainfall watch
Nepal Flood Watch