Ever wondered why in recent years the Shimla weather office has been breaking summer heat records, the reason is simple,this is happening only after the station was moved to the CPRI campus.
Earlier the Indian Metrological Department station was located on the Mall in the Central Telegraph Office(CTO) building.While the current IMD station at CPRI is 750 feet to 1000 feet lower.
Experts say this drop in altitutde usually means a difference of a couple of celcius degrees and so the station has been recording higher temperatures round the year,which gives an impression that Shimla has warmed up unusually in the last decade or so.
When the IMD office compares temperatures in the last decade or so to the previous weather data of Shimla which goes back over a hundred years you get the impression that recent temperatures are much higher round the year,summers are warmer,winters are milder.
But we forget that the previous data was mostly recorded at the CTO building which is located at 7200 feet above seas level. While the current station is around 1000 feet below the Mall.
Now I am not saying that temperatures in recent years havenâ€™t gone up,in all likelihood due to factors like global warming, temperatures in an around Shimla seem to have gone up,but not to the extent the weather office seems to suggest.
Experts and old timers agree that the CTO building or any other location on the Mall area is a good place to record the average temperature of the queen of the hills.Besides this is also the heart of old Shimla.
Going higher up towards Jakhu means the mercury will drop and moving lower down towards New Shimla means the mercury will rise.
The IMD officials must wake up and provide the correct temperatures to locals and also to so many tourists who visit this hill station from across the country and round the globe !