Thursday, February 14, 2013

February weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years

Once it enters the month of February, winter is almost over for Kathmandu folks. Mercury level in February fluctuates within the range of as much as 20°C.

This year too, the month started with average temperature for the month, then it dipped again along with rainfall, which is very typical for the month. The month started with 25.5° then dipped down to 14° on the 5th following the rainfall. The absolute max temp recorded, so far, this month is 27°C on the 13th 27.5°C on the 14th, and the lowest 3.5°C on the 13th.

The month of February in year 2009 was the warmest compared to the rest. In 2009, most of the days in February, daytime maximum stayed above 25°C. Average monthly max in this year was almost 5°C above the monthly average for past 30 years. Feb 20, in the same year was the warmest day with 28.6°C. Whereas, except for the year 2008, the average minimum temperature for the month in recent years stayed 2 to 3°C above the monthly average for past 30 years. Also the year 2008 was the only year in recent years that saw days below the freezing point: on Feb 1, 2, 4 & 5 in 2008 the lows were -0.5°, -0.5°, -0.2°, & -0.3°C respectively. On the other hand year 2007 did not log any days above 25°C, whereas 2008 logged one day above 25°C. In 2009 daytime maximum temperature in most of the days in Feb were above 25°C.

Average monthly rainfall in Kathmandu in February amounts to 17.5mm. February of 2008 and 2009 remained totally dry. The Valentine's Day in 2007 turned out to be the rainiest day in recent years with 45mm of rain in 24hours, probably the highest 24hours rainfall collected on a day in the month of February. The total February rainfall in this year was almost 72mm, way above the monthly average for the month. This year, as of Feb 17th, Kathmandu received 36.4mm of rain.

Below comparison of February 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,

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M4 hit Bajhang on February 7

Kathmandu, February 7 National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4 on Richter scale in Western Nepal at 06:53am local time on Feb 7th (01:08 UTC Feb 7). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Bajhang district in Far Western Development Region of Nepal.

Earlier earthquakes measuring to M4.7 (Jan 2), and M4.5 (Jan 18) hit the district this year. Hope for lesser casualties and damages.

Aerial distances and directions to the epicenter from major cities:
695km WNW from Biratnagar
460km WNW from Kathmandu
315km WNW from Pokhara
161km North from Nepalgunj
100km ENE from Mahendranagar

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M4.5 hit Bajhang on (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)