Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Perhaps this is the effect of global warming that despite record snowfall at Rohtang pass, all melted about two months before the estimated time period. First it was estimated that people will get to see the snow till August this year but it disappeared in the last week of June.
|Melting point: Snow almost disappears from Rohtang pass|
If winters of 2011 were so cold, the summers were recorded warmer than previous years. According to temperature gauge installed by Manali based snow and avalanche study establishment (SASE), average maximum temperature in June and July is close to 28 degrees Celsius this year while it was around 26 degrees Celsius in June and July last year. Increase of 2 degrees Celsius in temperature in surroundings of Rohtang pass may have triggered melting of snow fast here.
Rohtang had experienced frequent snowfall in June and July of 2010 but no snowfall was recorded in June and July this year. Dr Kuniyal said though the pass received good amount of rainfall but atmosphere on the mountain was not able to create favourable conditions for snowfall.
Roshan Lal, who does seasonable business at Rohtang pass every year said that Rohtang was covered with snow till July last year but whiteness has disappeared completely this year. “When we installed our tents here in May, the whole mountain was covered with heaps of snow. Certainly Rohtang had received more snow than last year but it disappeared so quickly. Now it’s just earth and greenery all around here,” he added.