The sound of strong winds woke me up early morning to a delightful sight of Nohkalikai waterfalls flowing in resplendent glory kicking up a mist of water as it landed on the deep pool after a time stopping fall of over a few hundred metres. The strong winds pushed the falling waters in a gravity defying act. The hills were clearly visible in the growing light of dawn. Many waterfalls streak the precipitous sides of the hills which are clothed in deep green forests. You can not stop thanking and praising the Creator for His mighty works on this land blessed in every way. We had good rains last night. The strong winds brought in the clouds in to embrace the hills. The hills were soon lost in the embrace of clouds and all that we could see was opaque clouds and the patter of rains on the roof and the glass windows. It was a wonderful way to begin the day. The rains gave in after some time and the hills started reappearing as if they were pictures that were given a fading effect on the computer screen. Slowly the picture gained clarity to reveal clouds lazily floating through the valley creating a harmony to the splendid scene of the green clad hills decorated by frothing milky white waterfalls. The river is roaring deep down at the bottom of the valley in brownish red taking fresh soil with them as they are racing towards the Sylhet plains in Bangladesh. Last night we had received 13.2 mm of rainfall. The total rainfall received this year so far has gone up to 976.5 mm.
In April 2013 we had received 471.1 mm of rainfall as against the month’s average of 872.3 mm. March 2013 had received very scanty rain. We had received only 7.4 mm of rainfall compared to the month’s average of 358.5 mm. That was just a notch over 2% of the month’s average. I looked up the rainfall chart from 1901 and extracted the information on years that had 10 mm and below and the total rainfall of those years. The results are given below:
|Year||Rainfall in March||Total Rainfall in the year|
|1908||8.9 mm||7178.2 mm|
|1909||5.8 mm||8286.3 mm|
|1924||7.9 mm||11888.2 mm|
|1954||8.1 mm||13521.3 mm|
|1962||10.0 mm||6807.0 mm|
|1973||7.7 mm||10910.1 mm|
The flame of the forest tree standing in our land below is covered in new leaves in contrast to the barren branches of the last few months. The flowers and beans are all out. Now the next new phase of sprouting new leaves, flowering and fruiting has been set in motion. Some ground orchids are in bloom now. The nuts in wild chestnut trees have grown bigger. The cones in the Khasi pine trees and fruits developing in the Jack fruit tree have grown bigger.
This year the betel nuts that are widely consumed here with betel leaves and a smear of lime, are soft and not hard as they should be. They say that this might be due to a very dry winter this year. The palms did not get enough water while fruiting.
There is still time to do nature treks through our hills and valleys. River Canyoning and Adventure Caving are best done from coming November onwards during the dry winter season.
Temperature at the Resort on 4th May 2013