Waking up to this seems like a dream in 2018!
The peak winter period is almost over in north India and no major hill station in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand has yet received a single spell of snow. January has been almost totally dry across the region so far, raising concern over Himachal's #apple crop and water availability in the summer if the trend continues.
#Uttarakhand has 100% rain deficit in January so far, while in Himachal Pradesh it is more than 99%. The northern plains too have had no rain during the month, which is a major reason for the mild winter so far.
#Shimla hasn't recorded any snow this winter. In January, it hasn't even rained so far. If the dry weather continues through the month, it would be the first time in 11 years that Himachal's capital will go snowless in January. However, there appears to be a chance of rain/snow around January 24, but it's too early to predict.
Low snowfall accelerates melting of glaciers. In low snowfall years, Himalayan rivers have less water in summer which impacts irrigation in downstream states such as #Punjab and #Haryana while hitting hydro-power production.
📷 from @wild_gremlin - Still waiting for it to snow 😕
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A new exhibition on view at the Morse—"Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes"—features work by U.S. landscape painters who diverged from the romantic conventions of the dominant Hudson River School (1825–80). These artists, including William Louis Sonntag (1822–1900), whose c. 1860 evening landscape is shown here, were inspired by the more realist work coming from Europe, notably from the French Barbizon School (1830–1870). The paintings in the show, which depict rural life and pristine forests, rivers, and valleys, are more intimate than epic, more natural than dramatic. Other artists include Otto Heinigke (1850–1915) and George Inness (1825–94). They show us an America we can recognize from our own lives. Check out the new exhibition "Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet" @cfamrollins to learn more about the Barbizon School.⠀