Dry and Dangerous weather in Himachal Pradesh

The weather patterns in Himachal Pradesh have been erratic since the past few years.

Shimla recorded 763.5 mm rainfall this year against the normal that is 686.4 mn. Even after this, we can say that the monsoon was 10 % deficient. And unfortunately, this monsoon took 481 lives and destroyed cores of public property.

Himachal witnessed crazy flash floods this season and still, the rainfall was in deficit. It was a huge loss of property and people. Lahaul-Spiti also recorded 69% deficient rainfall but still reported maximum incidents of flash floods.

A major landslide in Boh village of Shahpur sub-division in Kangra district resulted in the death of 10 persons, injuries to five others, while 11 houses were damaged on July 12.

Kangra district reported 8% less rainfall, Chamba received 44% deficient rainfall, Sirmaur and Una 14% less, and Solan 11% less rainfall.

Himachal Pradesh received excess rainfall, as against the normal rainfall of 69.2 mm it received 73.7 mm. Bilaspur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Sirmaur, Solan, Shimla, and Una received excess rainfall, while Chamba, Hamirpur, Lahaul-Spiti, and Mandi received less than normal, According to the Cumulative post-monsoon seasonal activity (from October 1 to December 21).

Variation among districts

In the Northwest India subdivision comprising seven states and three Union Territories, the southwest monsoon rainfall in the June-September remained normal.

According to the data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall in northwest India was 575.9 mm, which was 4% below normal.

The UTs of Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh received deficient rainfall (more than 19% below the normal) while Delhi and Haryana recorded excess precipitation in June-September.

Haryana recorded normal rainfall apart from two northern districts, Panchkula and Ambala. These two districts recorded deficient rainfall.


Even as the monsoons hit the Northwest India region early, the rainfall data for June reveals that precipitation was either deficient (more than 20%-59% below the normal) or largely deficient (over 60% below the normal) in nine out of the 22 districts of Haryana, five out of 23 districts in Punjab and four out of 12 in Himachal Pradesh. As per the IMD data, though Punjab, Haryana, HP, and Chandigarh received normal rainfall in June, the progress of monsoons was sluggish. The southwest monsoon had reached HP and parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh on June 13. After good showers for about three-four days in the region, the advance of monsoons stalled.

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