Heavy and record-breaking snow has been falling this week, actually adding to the pack. The glaciers will benefit, says expert.
Snow holding on until the end of July is incredibly rare on these passes, reports the The Statesman — in fact, it’s the first time in 20 years that it’s occurred, the packs are usually all-gone by the end of May.
But here it is, the end of July, and thick snow still lingers on the Himalayan mountain passes of Rohtang, Baralacha, Kunjum, Shikula.
“The heavy accumulation of snow up to 4-5 feet on Rohtang, Baralacha, Kunjum, Shikula passes is certainly good for the environment in the Himalayas,” said Senior Scientific Officer at State Centre on Climate Change, Dr SS Randhawa.
Comes on the back of a long and record-breaking winter
Randhawa also said that this summer comes on the back of a long and record-breaking winter which brought rare heavy snows to the higher reaches of Himalayas through April and May. He added that the glaciers would benefit from this latest July snowfall.
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