Ooty, “The Queen of Nilgiris” is one of the most incredible and most-visited hill station in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu.
Ooty has an awesome cool weather all throughout the year. But, mainly during the winter season you will feel the winter chill.
Quite a majority of the travellers visiting to Ooty, are often curious to know about the snowfall in Ooty.
Well! This is the perfect post to get the answer to this query. So, Keep reading!
Does it snow in Ooty?
No, it doesn’t snow in Ooty. Ooty doesn’t face any type of snowfall at any time of the year. However, people often confuse the thick frost seen sometimes during the early morning as that of a snowfall.
The Ooty hill station is not new to low temperature, but things have not been this cold in the past decade.
While it hasn’t snowed here, the temperatures are low enough to turn the water vapour in the air into frost every morning, giving the region a coat of white.
Yesh, it’s true that kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.
A snowfall that literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder that literally attracts everyone.
But, it isn’t true with Ooty as, Ooty doesn’t recieve any type of snowfall all throughout the year.
You can see thick frost on the grass early in the mornings and that’s the most you can witness in Ooty.
And you know what, people often confuse the frost with snow. Well! I will explain it to you so that you don’t get confused.
Actually, there’s a huge difference between snow and frost.
The frost occurs at or near the ground. It is the frozen dews caused by water vapour which instantly changes into ice, without turning into liquid water, by a process of sublimation.
Frost actually happens when the air around the land surface cools down to below freezing point which actually can be due to a cool breeze during the long wintry nights.
On the other hand, snowfall occurs in the clouds above high in the air. It’s in the clouds when the temperatures go below freezing point, some ice and some “supercooled” water exists.
It’s actually when the temperature range goes from zero to -15º Celsius. The air around the ice dries out, and so some of the water drops evaporate and condense into the ice crystals.
The crystals grow rapidly becoming too heavy for the clouds to handle and so it falls as the snowfall.
So, in case of Ooty it’s actually frost not the snowfall.
So, the direct and straight forward answer is that, it doesn’t snow in Ooty but, it do frost during the winter season of the year.
The only place in South India where it snows
Ooty is a part of South India, and to be true, it doesn’t snow anywhere in South India except in Lambasingi village.
Lambasingi is the only place in the whole of South India where it snows. This is a small village hill station is located in the Visakhapatnam’s Chintapalli town at an altitude of about 1022 metres.
The place has been given the title of ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’ due to the bit of snowfall it receives every year.
Moreover, just like the apple farms of Kashmir, you will find the same dark red coloured apples here.
Many fruits like apple grow in this area due to its cold climate.
Lambasingi is an extremely famous destination known for its tea and coffee plantations. Moreover, the place is abundant with a variety of wildlife, flora, and fauna species.
Do you know Lambasingi is also known as ‘Korra Bayalu’ due to its annual snowfall?
The word ‘Korra Bayalu’ translates as, “if someone stays out in the open at night, by morning they would freeze like a stick!”.
That’s interesting, right?
Why it snowfalls in Lambasingi only?
Throughout the year, this tiny village of Lambasingi is covered with a light layer of white mist that swirls and moves with the wind. But in the winter (from November to January), the temperature in Lambasingi goes as low as 0ºC to -5ºC which results in snowfall only during the winter season of the year.
Why there is no snowfall in South India?
Yes, there is no snowfall in the whole of South India, except in the case of Lambasingi Village.
Yeah, it’s true that South India relish pleasant weather while Northern Hills freezes.
It’s actually because there is a vast difference in the hill stations of both North and South India. The rarely low temperature and the moist atmosphere is the reason for no rainfall.
In Southern India, there is significant moisture in the air, but the temperature is rarely low enough to produce snowfall. Also, the air above is too warm to form snow crystals.
Moreover, the cold air that is coming from the Arctic Circle is actually is getting blocked by the Northern High Himalayas. As, a result the cold air doesn’t reach here.
Also, the Southern Hilly region is not as high as the Northern Hilly regions of India.
The North Indian Hills are part of the Western Himalayas whereas, the South Indian hills are part of the Nilgiris.
So, it also doesn’t meet the criteria of the high altitude for the occurrence of snowfall.
One interesting thing is that the hill stations of both the Northern & Southern India are situated almost at the same elevation.
North Indian hills in some places are a bit higher than those of the South ones.
The Western Himalayan hills include the top hill stations such as Srinagar, Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, etc. while, the Nilgiri Hills include the prominent hilltops such as Ooty, Coonoor, and Kodaikanal.
Despite the fact that both the hill stations are situated almost at the same elevation, it rains and snows in the hills of North India only.
While the hills of South India do not experience any snow and is often seen with minimized to moderate rainfall only.
So, why it doesn’t snow in Ooty?
Probably, you can read and understand the various reasons from the above paragraphs that why it doesn’t snow in Ooty.
But then so, I will again specify it clearly to you.
It doesn’t snow in Ooty because,
1. The air above is too warm during the day time.
2. There is significant moisture in the air, but the temperature is rarely low enough to produce snowfall.
3. Ooty and other South Indian Hill Stations are probably too close to the equator to encounter any kind of snowfall.
4. Southern Indian locations like Ooty is located too far in the south, away from the cold wind blasts coming from the North Pole.
5. Snowfall is most common in high altitudes and high latitudes, particularly among the mountainous regions of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
6. Another huge reason is the presence of warm air currents in the South Indian peninsula.