Westerly Wind Delays Monsoon

Despite prediction of early monsoon onset by meteorologists, Nepal has witnessed yet another delayed monsoon. Meteorological Forecasting Division informed today that monsoon was blocked by westerly wind that is occupying most parts of the country.

June 11, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

Despite prediction of early monsoon onset by meteorologists, Nepal has witnessed yet another delayed monsoon. Meteorological Forecasting Division informed today that monsoon was blocked by westerly wind that is occupying most parts of the country.

According to MFD, apart from the eastern region, all regions of country have been strongly affected by westerly wind. Meteorologist at the MFD Barun Paudel said westerly wind has prevented monsoon from spreading across the country.

“As westerly wind occupies most parts of country, spread of monsoon has been delayed although easterly wind has already hit the eastern region,” said Paudel. “Until the westerly wind is replaced by easterly wind, monsoon cannot spread throughout the country.

According to MFD, after monsoon missed it deadline today it is recorded as the 34th delayed monsoon in 49 years so far. Existing data shows that monsoon started on the usual date just three times  — in 1971, 1994, and 2008.

Last year Monsoon  entered Nepal on June 15. Once monsoon enters from the eastern region, it makes progressive westward advancement to the remaining parts of the country over the next few days through the central region.

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