The Broken Kathmandu Record

At the start of this project, the long Kathmandu Indian Embassy meteorological records were only available for the 1921-1976 (Shrestha et al. 1999).  With the help of Dr. Phil Jones of the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, we have extended the Kathmandu Indian Embassy monthly maximum and minimum temperature records back to 1879 and the precipitation data back to 1852.  Dr. Jones, searching through a unique archive of the late-British colonial period, found a rare copy of the Kathmandu Meteorological records, which included the data for the missing 20 years from 1901 to 1920 (Fig. 4).

Figure 4.  The complete Kathmandu, Indian Embassy, precipitation record.