Srinagar: The Kashmir Valley is experiencing an unusually severe dry spell throughout the hard winter, which is causing alarm among inhabitants and visitors. Reduced snowfall and precipitation levels have raised concerns about impending water shortages and the ramifications for the ecosystem and daily life. Precipitation levels have decreased, according to a January 6 bulletin from the JK Met Department. The Met Department forecasts no substantial weather activity until January 14, with January 9 being mostly gloomy.
The Kashmir Valley has experienced a 79% rainfall deficit throughout December and an absence of snow. According to the meteorological department, dry weather conditions will persist until January 12. On dry spell amid winter in Kashmir, Director of Kashmir Meteorological Centre Mukhtar Ahmad said: “The whole of December and the first week of January has been dry. There are no major precipitation chances in the coming days. The weather may remain dry till noon of January 16. There was a pattern of early snowfall for the last three to four years which is missing this year. There is no major spell. El Nino has persisted since November and may continue till next month.” The lack of considerable precipitation has resulted in a scarcity of water for agricultural operations and basic human needs, exacerbating the difficulties experienced by both locals and visitors to the region. The dry season has also taken its toll on Kashmir’s stunning vistas, with vegetation beginning to wither and dry up. This not only has an influence on the region’s scenic splendour, but it also affects the livelihoods of individuals who rely on normal snowfall patterns. The water level in Srinagar’s River Jhelum has dropped noticeably, indicating the severity of the dry conditions.Gulmarg, a popular tourist destination noted for its gorgeous snow-capped mountains and lush green meadows, has also seen less snowfall this year, resulting in dry conditions in important tourism areas. This is raising alarm among locals and visitors who have become used to the region’s characteristic winter beauty.