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dat upon chitwan tigers, by melvin sunquist, featuring info upon feeding behavior, measurements, ect.
dat upon chitwan tigers, by melvin sunquist, featuring info upon feeding behavior, measurements, ect.

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There are three climatic seasons. A cool period
extends from October to late February, during
which winds are northerly, maximum daytime
temperature average about 25°C (Figure 2),

Seasons

Cool

Hot

Wet

Cool

Hot Wet

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1975

1976

FIGURE 2.—Mean maximum and minimum monthly tem-
perature and rainfall at Sauraha (camp) during study pe-
riod.

nights are cool and damp with relative humidity
approaching 100%, resulting in heavy ground fog
and dew-soaked vegetation. Occasional frosts
have been recorded in December and January
(His Majesty's Government of Nepal, 1970). Very
little precipitation in the form of rain falls during
this period.

A hot season extends from March to late May,
during which winds are southwesterly, maximum
daytime temperatures average 36°C, and relative
humidity is at its lowest level. Sporadic violent
storms with strong winds, blowing sand, hail, and
rain occur with increasing frequency from late
March to May. Towards the end of May intense
afternoon showers become common, signaling the
forthcoming monsoon.
A wet period extends from June through Sep-
tember, during which winds are southeasterly,
maximum daytime temperatures average 33°C
and minima are seldom below 24°C, relative
humidity is very high, and rainfall is frequent.
The total rainfall at Sauraha (Tiger Ecology
Project Headquarters) in 1975 was 176.5 cm, 98%
of which fell between May and September. Lau-
rie (1978) recorded an annual average rainfall of
242 cm at Sauraha for 1973-1975, 92% of which
fell from May through September. By compari-
son, at the Rapti Agricultural Station, about 16
km west of Sauraha, the annual average rainfall
for 1958-1966 was 215.6 cm and 93% of that fell
from May through September (His Majesty's
Government of Nepal, 1970).

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