Jacobabad

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Jacobabad
جيڪب آباد
City
Jacobabad is located in Sindh
Jacobabad
Jacobabad
Location in Sindh
Coordinates: 28°16′37″N 68°27′05″E / 28.27694°N 68.45139°E / 28.27694; 68.45139Coordinates: 28°16′37″N 68°27′05″E / 28.27694°N 68.45139°E / 28.27694; 68.45139
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
District Jacobabad District
Founded 1847
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Jacobabad or Khangarh (Sindhi: جیکب آباد) is a city in Sindh, Pakistan, serving as both the capital city of Jacobabad District and the administrative centre of Jacobabad Taluka, an administrative subdivision of the district. The city itself is subdivided into 8 Union Councils. Sitting close to the provincial boundaries of Sindh and Balochistan, Jacobabad was founded by General John Jacob in 1847 on the site of an existing village, and is crossed by the Pakistan Railway and many main roads of the province.

History[edit]

During British rule, as part of British Raj, the town was the administrative headquarters of the Upper Sind Frontier District of the Bombay Presidency; with a station on the Quetta branch of the North-Western Railway. It became well known for consistently having the highest temperature in South Asia, and has a mean summer average of 98°F (37°C).[1]

The town was founded on the site of the village of Khangarh in 1847 by General John Jacob, for many years commandant of the Sind Horse, who died here in 1858. A memorial exists at the Victoria Tower in the heart of the city.

In November 2010, former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani announced that University of Information Technology will be established at Jacobabad.[2]

Jacobabad is famous for its historical horse and cattle show, initiated by the British Government to obtain good horses for its cavalry.

Climate[edit]

Jacobabad has a hot desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWh) with extremely hot summers and mild winters. The highest recorded temperature is 52.8 °C (127.0 °F), and the lowest recorded temperature is −3.9 °C (25.0 °F). Rainfall is low, and mainly occurs in the monsoon season (July–September).

Climate data for Jacobabad
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 30.6
(87.1)
34.0
(93.2)
41.4
(106.5)
45.6
(114.1)
51.0
(123.8)
51.1
(124)
47.8
(118)
45.0
(113)
42.8
(109)
41.7
(107.1)
38.0
(100.4)
30.6
(87.1)
51.1
(124)
Average high °C (°F) 22.6
(72.7)
25.2
(77.4)
31.3
(88.3)
38.0
(100.4)
43.1
(109.6)
44.3
(111.7)
40.6
(105.1)
38.2
(100.8)
37.0
(98.6)
35.3
(95.5)
30.1
(86.2)
24.1
(75.4)
34.15
(93.48)
Daily mean °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
17.9
(64.2)
23.8
(74.8)
30.2
(86.4)
34.9
(94.8)
36.9
(98.4)
34.9
(94.8)
33.2
(91.8)
31.4
(88.5)
27.8
(82)
22.1
(71.8)
16.4
(61.5)
27.05
(80.68)
Average low °C (°F) 7.7
(45.9)
10.5
(50.9)
16.3
(61.3)
22.3
(72.1)
26.7
(80.1)
29.4
(84.9)
29.2
(84.6)
28.3
(82.9)
25.9
(78.6)
20.3
(68.5)
14.1
(57.4)
8.7
(47.7)
19.95
(67.91)
Record low °C (°F) −1.1
(30)
1.0
(33.8)
6.0
(42.8)
13.5
(56.3)
18.9
(66)
21.0
(69.8)
20.3
(68.5)
22.8
(73)
17.8
(64)
12.0
(53.6)
3.9
(39)
0.3
(32.5)
−1.1
(30)
Precipitation mm (inches) 3.1
(0.122)
7.1
(0.28)
10.3
(0.406)
2.0
(0.079)
1.7
(0.067)
4.7
(0.185)
36.8
(1.449)
26.3
(1.035)
11.2
(0.441)
2.3
(0.091)
1.2
(0.047)
3.7
(0.146)
110.4
(4.348)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 241.9 214.7 247.5 249.4 266.4 272.7 236.0 259.8 278.1 288.8 267.6 243.7 3,066.6
Source: NOAA (1961–1990) [3]

Airport and airbase[edit]

The commercial airport at Jacobabad, about 300 miles (480 km) north of Karachi and 300 miles (480 km) southeast of Kandahar, is located on the border between Sindh and Balochistan provinces. The Shahbaz Air Base (co-located with the commercial airport in Jacobabad) was one of three Pakistani air bases used by U.S. and allied forces to support the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign in Afghanistan and reportedly ongoing drone strikes in North Western Pakistan tribal regions.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medical and Physical Society of Bombay (1857). Transactions. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jacobabad to have IT university: PM". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jacobabad Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "CIA drones quit one Pakistan site – but US keeps access to other airbases". The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 24 March 2013.