Also it is unusual to get the season’s heaviest fall in mid February like it did this time . Most of the high and mid hills are deep in snow just like the old days .
Many areas in upper Shimla hills ranging from 6000 ft to 8000 ft are under 2 to 3 feet of snow . And the snow is powdery and lasting as if it were peak winter .
This time there was even snow on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve after many years . Followed by regular spells in January .
Last year Shimla and Kullu districts had some of the heaviest snowfall in the last over 20 years . In tribal Kinnaur last year’s snowfall was one of the heaviest in the last 60 years or so .
Yet to my surprise the idlers cannot help muttering about less snowfall as they bask in the warm winter sunshine .
Like the old village folk say the weather system has to be seen over a long period of time, may 20 to 30 years to understand .
There maybe dry lean winters in between , but these give way to extremely cold and snow heavy winters as is the case in recent years .
Of course nature will always have its secrets and surprises making it even more mysterious for all of us !