Sunday, April 28, 2013

Earthquake in Nepal! M4.9 at Northern Bajhang on Apr 28

Kathmandu, April 28 National Seismological Center (NSC) web portal reported a moderate earthquake measuring M4.9 on Richter scale in Western Nepal at midnight (at 00:12am) of April 28th (18:28 UTC on Apr 27). According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Northern Bajhang in Far Western Development Region of Nepal.

This is the 6th quake above M4 in the region in this year.

Aerial distance and direction to the epicenter from major cities:
700km WNW of Biratnagar
575km NW of Janakpur
466km WNW of Kathmandu
322km WNW of Pokhara
205km North of Nepalgunj
145km NE of Mahendranagar

Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Related topics:

M4.2 hit Dhanusa (March 17)
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)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Know your Kathmandu

Identify this temple!

Starting from this year (Nepali New Year B.S. 2070), will try to introduce various monuments from Kathmandu valley in photographs. Viewers can submit your answer along with the location of the subject (optional).

Check yourself how well you know of the valley and share unique information that only you know about this place with others!

The temple is located at the southern Lalitpur.

Click to expand for Answer:
Karya Vinayak Temple
Place: Khokana village, Bungamati (Lalitpur)

Extra info:
People offer prayer to Ganesh in this temple, once their passing rituals (bratabanda, wedding, janko etc) or important task is completed. Karya Vinayak is among the four major Ganesh in Kathmandu valley.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Nepali Calendar (Happy New Year 2070)

Wish all our viewers a very Happy New Year 2070!

Bikram Sambat (BS), the official calendar of Nepal, is approximately 56.7 years ahead of international Gregorian calendar. The Nepali calendar is mixture of solar and lunar calendars. Gate (read ga-tey) or dates are based on solar calendar, whereas, festivals are based on lunar cycles - tithi(read tee-'thi).

The first month of the year in this calendar is Baisakh. Beside the first day of Baisakh as the official new year of Nepal, there are several other new years' celebrations at various time of year, celebrated by people of different communities in Nepal.

Add the calendar to your Google calendar by simply clicking the +Google calendar at the right bottom corner of the calendar or by clicking the link (case sensitive).

The calendar sits on your Google calendar. There is no need to install any extra apps or software on your device.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years

April is the month of hot-n-dry daytime and windy evenings with sudden thunderstorms. The day-night time temperature difference in this month is vast as much as 20°C.

This year, the month started with average weather, however, by the end of the first week of the month, the average maximum temperature was higher by more than 2°C than the past 30 years average, whereas the average minimum temperature just matched with the monthly average minimum.

The month of April in year 2009 and 2010 were the hottest compared to the rest in recent years. In those years, more days were hotter than monthly average max of 28°C than more than 20 days registered above 30°C. April 24, 2009 was the record high for the month with the daytime maximum temperature of 35.2°C. Whereas April 7, 2008 saw the lowest minimum temperature of 7.6°C. Similarly, this year, April 21st recorded the lowest maximum temperature of 16.2°C. In recent years, the average minimum temperature stayed 2° to 3°C above the average minimum for the month. However, this year (2013), so far the average minimum matches the monthly minimum of 11°C (this is bound to rise in coming days though).

Average monthly rainfall in Kathmandu in April is 61mm. The maximum 24 hours rainfall recorded in April was 74.2mm in Apr 1, 1991. April 2009 was the driest April with total of mere 11.3mm of rainfall. 2008 and 2010 also received just about half the average monthly rainfall. In rest of the years in the monthly rainfall in the month of April remained very much average in recent years. This year the total rainfall till the date is just 2mm.

Below comparison of April 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,

Monthly weather trends in recent years for other months:

Kathmandu Weather Outlook >> Click here

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Weather Forecast for next 48 hours
Kathmandu Rainfall watch
Nepal Flood Watch
Cyclone watch