Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013, The hottest Holi in Kathmandu

The festival of color & water - "Phagu or Holi" in 2013 turns out to be the hottest holi in Kathmandu in recent years.

The maximum temperature on the day of holi in 2013 was recorded at 30.2°C, that is more than 2°C higher than the previous highest in year 2009. Except for 2.1mm of rain recorded on holi in 2011, holi-day in recent years stayed mostly dry, and this year was no exception.

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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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M4.2 at Dhanusa on Mar 17




Kathmandu, March 17 National Seismological Center (NSC) web portal reported a minor earthquake measuring M4.2 on Richter scale in Central Nepal at 17:44pm local time on Mar 17th (11:59 UTC). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Dhanusa district in Central Development Region of Nepal.

The coordinates provided by the NSC indicates the epicenter is very close to Janakpur, the city of holy Ram Janaki temple.



Aerial distance and direction to the epicenter from major cities:
123km West of Biratnagar
15km East of Janakpur
129km SSE of Kathmandu
264km SE of Pokhara
465km East of Nepalgunj
630km ESE of Mahendranagar



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M5.4 hit Rukum (March 6)
M4.1 hit Baglung (February 22)
M4 hit Bajhang (February 7)
M4.5 hit Bajhang (January 18)
M4 hits Siraha (January 13)
M5.5 hits Northern part of Bajura (January 9)
M4.7 hits Bajhang - Doti border (January 2)
M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border (December 22)
M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M5.4 at Rukum on Mar 6




Kathmandu, March 6 National Seismological Center web portal reported a moderate earthquake measuring M5.4 on Richter scale in Western Nepal at 10:34pm local time on Mar 6th (16:49 UTC). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Rukum district in Mid-Western Development Region of Nepal.

According to the USGS, the seismic activity occured at the depth of 10km below surface.

Update:
Nepalnews.com, a leading Nepali new web portal reported, "at least two dozen people sustained 'minor injuries' as people rushed out of their houses in the District Headqaurters Musikot" citing the local officials.

It further says that one of the building Salle Airport in Musikot was partly damaged during the quake.

The tremor was felt by residents living as far as Pokhara and Butwal.

Aerial distances and directions to the epicenter from major cities:
560km WNW of Biratnagar
325km WNW of Kathmandu
182km WNW of Pokhara
67km North of Tulsipur
94km NE of Nepalgunj
200km East of Mahendranagar



Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Related topics:

M4.1 hit Baglung (February 22)
M4 hit Bajhang (February 7)
M4.5 hit Bajhang (January 18)
M4 hits Siraha (January 13)
M5.5 hits Northern part of Bajura (January 9)
M4.7 hits Bajhang - Doti border (January 2)
M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border (December 22)
M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

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.


Daily averages

Daily Max

Daily Min

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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Friday, March 1, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M4.1 at Baglung on Feb 22




Kathmandu, February 22 National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4.1 on Richter scale in Western Nepal at 08:26am local time on Feb 22nd (02:41 UTC). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Baglung district in Western Development Region of Nepal.

Aerial distances and directions to the epicenter from major cities:
458km WNW from Biratnagar
223km WNW from Kathmandu
81km West from Pokhara
157km East from Nepalgunj
300km East from Mahendranagar



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Related topics:

M4 hit Bajhang (February 7)
M4.5 hit Bajhang (January 18)
M4 hits Siraha (January 13)
M5.5 hits Northern part of Bajura (January 9)
M4.7 hits Bajhang - Doti border (January 2)
M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border (December 22)
M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)