The Biz Reporter
Srinagar, Oct 29– In a move that has left the Kashmir Valley in a state of melancholy, the administration has announced the transfer of Sonam Lotus, the Director of the Meteorological Department, to take charge as the head of the Meteorological center in Leh.
Sonam Lotus, who served the Valley for nearly a decade, had become a household name, often regarded as a ‘weather God’ for his uncanny ability to predict weather patterns with remarkable accuracy.
His forecasts seemed to make the weather appear and disappear at his command. Over the years, he had a decisive influence on how Kashmiris planned their daily activities and family functions.
In Kashmir, conversations about the weather often revolved around Sonam Lotus. His daily weather bulletins were not just information; they were trusted guides that residents turned to before making plans for the day. To many, if a weather prediction had to be reliable, it had to be “Lotus certified.”
Sonam Lotus had revolutionized meteorological forecasting in the region, bringing modern tools and techniques to provide timely and precise weather information. He took the reins at a time when outdated weather reports from the local Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar, were the norm and ushered in a new era of meteorological forecasting.
With his transfer, an era comes to an end in which the name “Sonam Lotus” had become synonymous with dependable weather predictions. On the day of his transfer, as the government issued the order, the Meteorological Department forecasted mainly dry and clear weather in Jammu and Kashmir until November 3, extending to November 4 in Ladakh.
Sonam Lotus, in his farewell, has seemingly left a parting gift of sunshine during the winter, a testament to his remarkable influence on the region’s weather consciousness. His departure leaves a void that will be hard to fill, and his legacy as the ‘weather God’ of Kashmir will be remembered for years to come.