HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The government’s weather forecasting agency has lost its credibility among the general public and predictions made by the authorities have proven, time and again, to be erroneous, and defying common sense at times.
Just today, the Meteorological Forecasting Division said on its website that the day’s maximum temperature in Jumla, located in the mountains, was higher than that of Biratnagar, located in the Tarai. Biratnagar’s temperature was lower than that of Kathmandu.
“The maximum temperature for Biratnagar was 26 degrees Celsius while that for Kathmandu was 34.6 degree Celsius. In Jumla, the temperature went up to 31.4 degrees but the maximum temperature in Taplejung was 22.2 degrees,” it said on its website.
“We don’t have enough resources to provide regular data and very less investment has been made on meteorology,” said Rajendra Shrestha, senior meteorologist, MFD.
As Nepalis wait for the monsoon, farmers are keeping their fingers crossed to start transplanting paddy. But the only weather forecasting centre in the country provides three sentences and temperature readings every day, which clearly has no practical value.
Many people crack up when talking about the weather predicted by the agency. “I don’t rely on information provided by the forecasting division. When it says it will rain, we have a sunny day,” said Suresh Maharjan, a local farmer in Kalimati.
“More and more people now want information on the weather. We have limited resources, which we are using at the optimum level,” added Shrestha.