Indian state gets its first snowfall in 40 years

It may have taken a while—four decades as some reports claim—but it finally snowed in parts of Indian state of Nagaland last week, turning the region into a winter wonderland. The rolling green mountains and meadows in the districts of Zunheboto, Kiphire, Phek and Tuensang were blanketed in fresh powder due to a biting cold wave in northeast India.

Snow is uncommon in Nagaland. At this time of the year, the temperature usually drops to 10-11°C, but last week, the temperature dropped to 2-3°C. Several other parts of the northeast are also experiencing extreme cold conditions.

Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on Monday was the most frigid city in the northeast on Monday at a temperature of 2.9°C. The conditions were similar in Imphal in Manipur, while Shillong reported a low of 5°C.

It’s not just the northeast. Delhi reported its lowest temperature last week in nearly six years at a temperature of 1.4°C.

From Fri, 03 Jan 2020 13:41 UTC report at


1 thought on “Indian state gets its first snowfall in 40 years”

  1. Thought I’d pass this on as I hadn’t heard of it before.

    The Indian Ocean Dipole.

    The same PIOD that caused Australia’s heat (but not its wildfires) caused the year-end floods in east Africa. It also caused extreme cold in northern India in the same month. Largely underreported in global media, the cold continued right through to the end of December.

    Delhi, India’s capital, recorded its second-coldest December in 118 years. Intermittent cold waves gripped Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi.

    I like the irony in the fact that he took his M.Sc. at East Anglia University. You really can’t write this stuff can you.

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