Winter in Tibet is Warming
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Winter in Tibet is Warming

Update: Jan. 7th, 2013

Rongbuk Glacier in Tibet

With the coming of winter, it rains rarely in Tibet. The average daily relative humidity is only about 10 percent. Tourists making a Tibet tour in winter are strongly suggested to make a good preparation to deal with the extremely dry air on Tibet Plateau. At the same time, tourists will also have the chance to enjoy a warm winter. According to the historical record, the daily highest temperature of Lhasa in recent 50 years even reached 17.7? on December 26th, 2008.

Winter in Tibet is Warming – Climatic Features of Winter in Tibet

Though the dry temperature and strong sunshine radiation in Tibet are quite inadaptable for tourists, the warm and lovely sunshine also leave tourists a good mood. Tourists who've never been to Tibet always think that the winter on Tibet must be extremely cold. On the contrary, the winter here is much warmer than they imagined.

The winter in Tibet is mainly characterized by little precipitation, dry air, windy and warm, according to the meteorologist of Tibet Autonomous Region. It is recorded that the temperature in most of the regions on Tibet Plateau is about 1? higher between October and December compared to the same period of the earlier years. The temperature in Lhasa, Bango and Gaize between October and December is about 2? higher. The temperature rises obviously in October and the maximum temperature in 12 weather observation stations broke their historical record in October. Enter into the second half of December, the average temperature in Tibet is about 3-5? higher compared to the same period of the earlier years.

Winter in Tibet is Warming – Global Warming is the Main Reason

Recent years, the thawing speed of the glaciers and the rising speed of the snow lines on Tibet Plateau are accelerating due to the global warming. With the speeding up of the melting of the glaciers, the water in the lakes increased rapidly and a large area of prairie is submerged which directly influenced the husbandry development.

The meteorologists said that the plateau areas with high altitude are very sensitive in global climatic change and the warming range would be larger with the rising of the elevation. It is predicted that the glacier area on Tibet Plateau will decrease rapidly if the global warming continues. To objectively analyze the influences on the climate and environment in Tibet, the relevant departments have carried out a series of research projects.

Winter Temperature Indicator of the Important Cities in Tibet

City/Town November December January February March
Lhasa -5.0?-11.6? -9.1?-7.7? -10.2?-6.8? -3.9?-9.2? -3.2?-12?
Shigatse -8.0?-10.7? -12.3?-7.0? -13.1?-5.7? -9.5?-8? -5.4?-11?
Tsedang -4.1?-12.4? -7.9?-8.7? -9.0?-7.6? -5.9?-9.9? -2.4?-12.9?
Nyingchi -0.7?-12.9? -4.5?-9.6? -5.3?-7.9? -2.7?-9.8? -0.1?-13?


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