Gulmarg’s Winter Wonderland Threatened by Unprecedented Dry Spell

Gulmarg’s Winter Wonderland Threatened by Unprecedented Dry Spell

Gulmarg is facing an unprecedented crisis as the anticipated white, snowy blanket has yielded to dry, empty slopes. December, typically a month of heavy snowfall, is now grappling with an alarming 79 percent rainfall deficit, rendering the ski slopes barren and devoid of their usual snowy mantle.

The allure of Gulmarg, the renowned winter paradise in Kashmir, lies in its picturesque winter landscape, breathtaking ski slopes, and pristine snowscapes, which magnetise tourists and ski enthusiasts worldwide. This year, however, the region presents a starkly different picture.

This dramatic change in weather patterns, attributed to the El Niño effect, is not only a blow to the region’s scenic beauty but also poses significant threats to its ecosystem and economy. The El Niño effect is a climatic phenomenon involving the warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and is believed to be the culprit behind this drastic reduction in precipitation. Its impact is visible and palpable – the usual bustling slopes are now eerily quiet, a testament to the scale of disruption caused by this climatic anomaly.

According to Anmol Ohri and Navjeev Digra, environmental activists and directors of the Climate Front Foundation (CFF), India’s monsoon has reached an all-time low in the last five years, particularly in the past year. Meteorological experts caution that Gulmarg and its surrounding areas may experience more frequent and prolonged dry spells in the future. This potential change in climatic patterns poses a serious threat to the region’s delicate ecological balance. The long-term consequences could be devastating, impacting not only the immediate environment but also the socio-economic fabric of the region.

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