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This November wettest in Kashmir in 3 decades

People crosses River Jhelum in a boat during hevay rains in Srinagar 1
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Srinagar, Nov 14: The valley has received highest downpour in the first week of November in the last three decades.
According to the Meteorological Department’s data accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, there has been an increase in seasonal precipitation since 1986 in Kashmir in the beginning of winter season.
As per the data, Srinagar has received 36.0 millimeters of rain in 1986 in the first week of November.
This figure increased to 111.7 mm during the erstwhile week of November this year.
Data indicates Srinagar witnessed 300 per cent increase in the precipitation in last 32 years
The amount of rainfall received this week is more than what the valley received throughout November in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
Srinagar, as per the MeT data, recorded 10 mm of rain in November 2013 that increased to 38.5 mm in 2015 and 12.9 in 2017.
Similarly, Kokernag in south Kashmir received 69mm of rain in 1986 which escalated to 114.2 mm in 2018.
The frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir received 25 mm 1986 that has increased to 54mm of rain 2018.
However, the ski resort of Gulmarg emerges as an exception. It received 77mm of rain in 1986 that decreased to 61.6mm of rain in 2018.
Banihal received 87 mm in rain in 1986, which registered an upward trend of 125.0 mm of rain in 2018.
Deputy Director, Meteorology Department, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, said the rainfall for the first week of November has been among the wettest on record.
“This has become a record-breaking November for rainfall,” he said.