Historic snow in Bhutan, Nepal, India! So low hasn´t snowed 6-8 decades (1000 MASL)! The first snowfall in Punakha, Bhutan (1250 MASL) since 1958!
While in Europe and the USA, early spring conditions have already come to many regions, the Himalayan region is still sunk into severe winter (about extremely low temperatures we informed in the last period here: https://mkweather.com/tibet-407c-northern-india-283c-myanmar-with-an-all-time-national-record-60c-bangladesh-61c/).
Western disturbances are bringing a lot of snowfall and snowing appeared in anomalously low elevations.
Parts of northern India, Nepal, and Bhutan reported snow precipitation rarely already from altitudes only around 1000 MASL.
The first snowfall since 1958 (64 years ahead) or 1944 (78 years) appeared in densely populated parts of the region, including Punakha, Bhutan winter capital (1242 MASL), where hasn´t snowed since 1958.
The city received 5 cm snowfall.
Accumulations in some places were over 50cm at unusually low elevations.
From higher elevations, 63 cm fell in Thrumshing La (3 780 m) 15-30 cm in Thimphu – Bhutan capital (2 300 m) [+60 cm at Dochula Pass/ 3 100 m] or 20-40 cm in Paro (2 200 m).
Meanwhile, from parts of Nepal and northern India, deadly avalanches or people trapped in blizzards were reported.
Myanmar hit moreover the coldest times in history when only +4,5°C was in the tropical country measured (one of the next Mkweather articles).
Remnants of winter circulation patterns with strong winter conditions should persist in the region until March 2022, according to current estimates, then a shift to hot spring weather will come (although not probably so extremely hot such as usual).
According to Spring and Summer 2022 forecasts for Asia, colder weather should persist above parts of India and neighboring countries, such as the largest cold anomaly in Asia /https://mkweather.com/spring-2022-forecast-for-asia/; https://mkweather.com/summer-2022-forecast-for-asia//.
After spring heatwaves in the next months, a very strong summer monsoon, with deadly floods and landslides is in 2022 in the region possible (links above).
Illustration pictures: Thierry Goose / Hongtsho Site Observer Twitter; The Bhutanese Twitter