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Stalagmites Reveal Past Drought Records

The Indian economy is primarily dependent on harvests, which in turn are regulated by monsoon rains. Frequent droughts and floods can not only have severe repercussions on public health, but significantly impair a country’s economy. Even when the monsoon is regular, one notices significant variations in the intensity, occurrence and duration on annual time scales. […]

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Study claims early forecast of Indian monsoon

A study at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany claims the Indian monsoon’s yearly onset and withdrawal can now be forecasted significantly earlier than previously possible. A team of scientists, V Stolbova, E Surovyatkina, B Bookhagen and I Kurths, developed a novel prediction method based on a network analysis of regional weather […]

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Precipitation in the Himalayas

Extreme weather, such as heavy precipitation, extensive avalanches, cloud burst, flash floods and landslides, regularly happen in the western Himalayan region. These extreme events generally occur under the influence of mid-latitude westerly systems during the winter months and due to monsoonal systems in summer. The western Himalayan region climate is influenced by the southwest monsoon […]

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Early Cyclone Warning

Early Cyclone Warning & Disaster Risk Reduction in India

Why India needs cyclone warning The India Metrological Department (IMD) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), encountered professionally eventful 2016 with Vardah—a cyclone that brought life in Chennai to a standstill for several days and several other tropical cyclones formed over the Indian seas in the later half of the year. Tropical cyclone Kyant […]

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Weak Monsoon Conditions prevail over most parts of the country

New Delhi, July 16 (G’nY News Service): As rain mercilessly lashes the northern region of the country, the southern part is experiencing a comparatively dry spell. Rains are reported only in the state of Andhra Pradesh in the southern peninsula. Dry spells are expected to continue over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The India Meteorological […]

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Mawsynram and Cherrapunji

Wettest Place in the World: Mawsynram

Mawsynram and Cherrapunji, which place is the wettest ? Records—sports, music, cooking or even rainfall always generates curiosity. But, there is this thing about records—it is almost always broken by a new one. Thus, Cherrapunji’s record as the wettest place in the world has been overturned with Mawsynram figuring as the ‘latest’ wettest place on […]

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