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Prevailing Weather Conditions During Summer Seasons Around Gangotri Glacier
Current Sciences
  • Pratap Singh, Hydro Tasmania Consulting
  • Umesh K. Haritashya, University of Dayton
  • K. S. Ramasastri, National Institute of Hydrology
  • Naresh Kumar, National Institute of Hydrology
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Meteorological data collected near the snout of the Gangotri Glacier suggest that the study area receives less rainfall. The average seasonal rainfall is observed to be about 260 mm. The rainfall distribution does not show any monsoon impact. Amount of seasonal rainfall is highly variable (131.4-368.8 mm) from year to year, but, in general, August had the maximum rainfall. A verage daily maximum and minimum temperatures were 14.7 and 4.1°C respectively, whereas average mean temperature was 9.4°C. July was recorded as the warmest month. During daytime, wind speed was four times higher than that at night-time. The average daytime and night-time winds were 12.6 and 3.0 km/h respectively. Mean seasonal evaporation was 640.8 mm, which is high with respect to the high altitude. Average relative humidity and daily sunshine duration were also high throughout the melting season.
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Pratap Singh, Umesh K. Haritashya, K. S. Ramasastri and Naresh Kumar. "Prevailing Weather Conditions During Summer Seasons Around Gangotri Glacier" Current Sciences Vol. 88 Iss. 5 (2005)
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