Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 175, Issue 8, pp 3097–3109 | Cite as

Variability of Diurnal Temperature Range During Winter Over Western Himalaya: Range- and Altitude-Wise Study

  • M. S. Shekhar
  • Usha Devi
  • S. K. Dash
  • G. P. Singh
  • Amreek Singh


The current trends in diurnal temperature range, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, mean temperature, and sun shine hours over different ranges and altitudes of Western Himalaya during winter have been studied. Analysis of 25 years of data shows an increasing trend in diurnal temperature range over all the ranges and altitudes of Western Himalaya during winter, thereby confirming regional warming of the region due to present climate change and global warming. Statistical studies show significant increasing trend in maximum temperature over all the ranges and altitudes of Western Himalaya. Minimum temperature shows significant decreasing trend over Pir Panjal and Shamshawari range and significant increasing trend over higher altitude of Western Himalaya. Similarly, sunshine hours show significant decreasing trend over Karakoram range. There exists strong positive correlation between diurnal temperature range and maximum temperature for all the ranges and altitudes of Western Himalaya. Strong negative correlation exists between diurnal temperature range and minimum temperature over Shamshawari and Great Himalaya range and lower altitude of Western Himalaya. Sunshine hours show strong positive correlation with diurnal temperature range over Pir Panjal and Great Himalaya range and lower and higher altitudes.


Western Himalaya diurnal temperature range correlation coefficients Pir Panjal climate change 



The present paper is the outcome of the project supported by the financial Grant from Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India and is duly acknowledged. Thanks are also due to the Director, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, Chandigarh for providing necessary data for the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.R&D CentreSnow and Avalanche Study EstablishmentChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Atmospheric SciencesIIT DelhiHauz KhasIndia
  3. 3.Department of GeophysicsBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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