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New Delhi: Several parts of north India, especially hill areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh were in the grip of bitter cold on Saturday with temperatures dipping below freezing point.

At minus 11 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg ski resort in north Kashmir was the coldest in the state on Saturday.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg dropped to minus 10.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday while it was 0.6 in Srinagar, minus 6.5 in Pahalgam and minus 4.6 in Leh town of Ladakh region,”  a weather department official told today.

In the Jammu region, the minimum temperatures were 6.5 in Jammu city, 6.7 in Katra town, 2 in Batote and Bannihal and 0.5 degrees in Bhaderwah.

A day after it witnessed mild snowfall, Himachal Pradesh’s popular tourist destination of Manali recorded the season’s lowest temperature of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

The temperature remained below the freezing point at many places in the state, an official of the Shimla meteorological office told, adding the weather would remain largely dry.

Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district, saw a minimum temperature of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius as it recorded 10 cm snow while Kalpa in Kinnaur district witnessed 11 cm snow and recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius. Dharamshala recorded a maximum of 6.8 degrees.

Shimla recorded three degrees with 35.4 mm rain in the past 24 hours.

Nearby destination Kufri and Narkanda recorded mild spells of snowfall on Friday.

After a foggy morning, the national capital experienced a cloudy Saturday and the chilliest day in last four years as winds across the city took the maximum temperature down to 15.7 degrees Celsius, seven notches below average, the met office said. The weather is expected to be similar on Sunday too.

In the plains of Punjab, Sikh holy city Amritsar recorded a minimum temperature of 4.4 degrees, making it the coldest place in the state. Industrial city Ludhiana recorded a low of 8.2 degrees.

In Haryana, Narnaul town recorded minimum temperature of 8.3 degrees.

Chandigarh experienced some sunshine on Saturday after being lashed by light showers on Friday. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 19.2 degrees, three degrees below normal.

Weather officials said that the “western disturbance”, or a tropical storm in the Mediterranean Sea that causes rain and snow in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, which was active over Jammu and Kashmir for the last three days, had weakened and weather across the state was likely to improve. (IANS)

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How Did A Common Man Become Tamil Nadu’s Weatherman ?

The Tamil Nadu weatherman is famous for his correct predictions

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Pradeep John is the face behind popular Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page. newsexpress
Pradeep John is the face behind popular Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page. newsexpress

By Ruchika Verma

  • Tamil Nadu weatherman is a common man who predicts the weather
  • His weather forecasts are based on his knowledge of rain and are accurate
  • His page, Tami Nadu weatherman is very famous

We don’t pay much attention to the weather news. It is one of the most ignored sections of newspapers and Television news. Weather forecast seems mundane to most of us. However, it is not mundane anymore. There is a weatherman in Tamil Nadu who takes weather seriously and the world takes him seriously as well.

We often ignore weather forecasts, but Tamil Nadu's weatherman takes it seriously. www.weather-forecast.com
We often ignore weather forecasts, but Tamil Nadu’s weatherman takes it seriously. www.weather-forecast.com

This Tamil Nadu weatherman has an almost cult-like following in the southern state. Pradeep John is a self-proclaimed lover of rain and although he does not have any degree in meteorology, he provides weather information which is followed more closely than Met Department’s.

Pradeep’s Interest In Weather 

Tamil Nadu’s weatherman’s interest in weather began when he was 12 years old and witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai.

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The floods of 2015 in Chennai was a turning point for Pradeep. During this flood, Chennai witnessed its worst rainfall in over 100 years and people were in a state of panic. When they wanted some guidance and information about the heavy rainfall, the activity on Pradeep’s Facebook page increased rapidly. His posts on the predictions of rainfall went viral and he became an overnight sensation.

Pradeep witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai when he was only 12 years old.
Pradeep witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai when he was only 12 years old.

Here is the list of Pradeep, the Tamil Nadu weatherman’s reports which were spot on: 

On 6th August 2017, Pradeep put out a message regarding an intense 15 minutes rain. And just like his post mentioned, many parts in Chennai received rainfall for only about ten to twenty minutes that day.

Another post made by the Tamil Nadu weatherman was about the Runners of Jawadhu Ultra Run, on 6th August 2017. And it turned out to be true too.

Tamil Nadu Weather Facebook is one of the most popular weather forecast pages in India. WESH Home
Tamil Nadu Weather Facebook is one of the most popular weather forecast pages in India. WESH Home

On 4th June 2017, during India vs. Pakistan cricket match, many weatherman followers asked him for his weather forecast, and like always Tamil Nadu weatherman predicted a sunny day with really light rainfall which again came out to be true.

Also Read: Cyclone Vardah in Chennai, Government issues Red Alert

The Tamil Nadu weatherman is famous for his correct predictions which are concise and easily understandable by the common people. He has a huge social media following which is not seeing any signs of reducing. Tamil Nadu weatherman facebook page is the most famous page about weather forecasts in India today.