By Cap Allon – Principia Scientific International
Pakistan set snowfall records this winter, with chief meteorologist of the PMD, Khalid Malik, saying more regions than ever before received 50+ inches (4.2 feet) of powder. And there’s still no sign of spring.
“This winter, 50 percent more snow has been recorded as compared to the previous years,” Malik told BBC Urdu. “By the end of the winter in March, as much as 50 inches of snow would have fallen.”
Abdul Wali Yousafzai, a senior officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa irrigation department, told Anadolu Agency, “During [Jan 2019] the country’s northern hilly areas received heavy snowfall — up to six to seven feet.”
“This is the heaviest snowfall in 48 years,” he added.
In addition, 30 percent more rain than normal has been recorded this winter, too — leading to the Tarbela and Mangla dams reaching very high levels (see CRs, cloud seeding and global cooling).
Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the rain and snow calling it a “blessing from God”.
“Snowfall and rain will not only help to raise our water table but also be beneficial for our forests that had been affected by a drought,” Yousafzai concluded.
According to the Pakistan Meteorology Department, more rain, thunderstorm and snow are expected in Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Malakand, Hazara, Kohat, Bannu — extending this winter season into mid-April, at least.
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