No change in rainfall, temperature in Salalah since 1943, says PACA
Salalah has not witnessed any major change in precipitation and temperature in the past 74 years. Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Khalid Ahmed al Najar, director of meteorological service department, Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) in Dhofar said, “The temperature, the rainfall in Salalah has witnessed no major change since 1943.
“We have records maintained over the years with regard to temperature and rainfall. Dhofar has four seasons: winter, first transitional, summer and the second transitional. “While the winter season typically is from December 21 to March 21; first transitional from March 22 to June 20; summer from June 21 to September 21 and the second transitional from September 22 to December 20.”
Dr Najar said that the average temperature since 1943 till date ranges between 25°C and 26°C. “The average rainfall since 1943 has ranged between 30mm and 300mm. The change in percentage over the years is negligible. It was only in 1963 that Salalah witnessed 512.6mm rainfall.”
Ahmed Said Alsahari, meteorological operations chief at Salalah Airport said, “All countries are discussing the ozone depletion and rising temperature but when we compare with other countries we see no change in weather patterns in Salalah. We have data of rain and temperature since 1943 and we don’t see any major change in it.”
This may be because there are no major heavy industries here unlike in other countries, said Alsahari. “Industries and chemicals do have an effect on the weather of any place. Salalah is saved from it.” He said that a new state-of-the-art instrument has helped in better weather prediction.
“We now have a Doppler radar which helps in better forecast. It gives us information about the exact place of precipitation and the rainfall received in a day. Though we have weather balloons and satellites the radar works wonders for us.”