|Review of Pakistan Weather in Year 2012 by Wassem Ahmed|
SHORT REVIEW:Cold wave in start of February hit most of country, Karachi temperature dropped to 6°C on 8th February.
On 19th March an unusual dust or ‘sand storm’ swept across the Baluchistan and Sindh including Karachi.
On 19th April afternoon Karachi had a light to moderate rain (5 mm at Masroor Base) as it was ‘First Rain in April after 15 years’ in the city.
DUST STORM:Rain and dust storms occurred in few days of April and May in many parts of interior Sindh (esp upper, western & central Sindh)
On 19th May evening Karachi had a dust storm that caused some damage and problem to the people, on the same day many areas of central Sindh and Hub also had dust storm and rain with thunder.
May and June remained mostly hot and dry in most of country, on 19th June evening Karachi had a passing shower or drizzle.
July and August known as ‘Monsoon peak’ went very quietly for the country except some rains in upper Punjab which was also below normal, only few areas central Sindh received rain on 10th July and in upper Sindh during last week of August.
Monsoon 2012 in Pakistan
EVENT OF THE YEAR First half of September was the most active and devastating period of Monsoon in Pakistan especially for upper Sindh and south Punjab as most of the region (which normally is known as dry part of the country) received.All Times Record heavy rain fall during 8th and 9th September – many cities and towns received 200 to 400 mm of rain. Jacobabad (481 mm), Kashmore, Kandhkot, Sukkur, Larkana, Rohri, Shikarpur, Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanpur, Muzaffargarh and nearby areas were badly affected.
Karachi had some beautiful drizzly and cloudy days in July and August especially 25th August for me was the most beautiful day of the year with drizzle throughout and max temperature only 30°C. On 30th August eastern parts of Karachi received first Monsoon shower but most of city remained dry.
Karachi received about 7 days of rain (mostly scattered) from 5th to 12th September in which eastern parts received much higher amount of rain (around 150 to 170 mm at Airport, Malir etc.) than other areas of city (e.g. Nazimabad had about 72 mm)
WINTER 2012 RAIN IN PAKISTAN:
On 13th December Karachi experienced a strong thundery showers that surprised the people early in the morning as it was 1st good rain in ‘December’ after 4 years, 10 to 32 mm rain recorded in different areas..
On 16-17th December parts of Baluchistan especially Makran coast received good rain after a long dry period, Pasni reported to receive 59 mm.
During 13-14 December and 27-28 December many parts of country especially upper parts received very timely needed winter rains and snowfall then a severe cold waved gripped most of the country.
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