Snowfall in Shirui peak

Shirui village witnessed snowfall in Shirui peak in winter almost every year one and half decades before. Though there was more or less variation in the level, the snowfall used to serve as the harbinger of a new season- the cold biting winter coming to an end and the setting in of a warmer season. One spectacular change in the climatic condition of the area could be observed from the frequency and level of snowfalls in this peak. There was a heavy snowfall on 9th January 2015, around 5 pm. This, according to the villagers occurred after a gap of 15 years. Daily weather report shows that the maximum temperature of Shirui village on that particular day was 9.28°C which was the lowest during the whole month. Recorded maximum and minimum temperatures fluctuate over the days of January 2015 in Shirui village with the maximum temperature sharply falling on the particular day of snowfall i.e. on 9th January 2015. Moreover, even though there was no much variation between the maximum temperature (4.98°C) and minimum temperature (4.68°C) during that period, both the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded on hourly basis during the whole day, were at lowest when the snowfall started.

 Snowfall on the peak is regarded as a sign of prosperity and bumper harvest in the particular year. It is believed that the level of prosperity for the particular year is indicated by the level of ranges of the peak covered by the snowfall. The larger the area covered the more prosperous the year it represents and vice versa. However it is observed by the villagers that the coverage of snowfall this year extends only to a limited area which according to their belief would mean less prosperity for the people.

Another remarkable observation could also be made on the level of snowfall. The villagers observe that snowfall in the peak has become uncertain and unpredictable over the years with much lesser frequency. Not only has the snowfall become a rare sight, but the level of it too has decreased considerably. The snowfall which otherwise used to take 2 to 3 days or even a week to melt away in the previous decades was a disappointment for many of the youngsters’ excitement who wished to have a glimpse of the snowfall as the snow had already melted by the time they arrived. This could be taken as sure signs and effects of climate change.