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Six things you must know about the Indian Monsoon

Monsoon bears great importance for us – it controls the nation’s economy and helps shape its trajectory of growth. Presented here are six details that you must know.

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Climate Change And Seamless Monsoon Prediction

A dynamical state-of-the-art modelling framework has been setup by IITM for predicting seasonal as well as extended monsoon which IMD uses extensively.

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Early Warnings of Natural Hazards in India

Although natural hazards may occur anywhere, their impact in developing countries is greater due to the prevailing economic, social, political and cultural vulnerabilities. A mechanism of early warning will minimise or even prevent future losses caused by such occurrences.

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Kashmir Valley Snow- A blessing for all

Snowfall recorded in Kashmir Valley in the last few days has broken previously held records at some of the stations. The snowfall has been described as ‘above normal’ rainfall by Sonam Lotus, Director MeT Department, Srinagar. In a conversation with GnY, he said, “Snowfall at some of the stations have broken records as old as 30 years. But not all stations have broken records. There is no doubt that we have seen very good snowfall this year and though it has caused inconvenience to many,...

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Nyda’s giant ice balls

Giant ice balls covered the coast along the Gulf of Ob, an arm of the Kara Sea in north-western Siberia  a little over a week ago. The phenomenon was noticed in the small village of Nyda, which lies on the Yamal Peninsula just above the Arctic Circle. The icy spheres ranged from the size of a tennis ball to almost 3 feet across, covering 18 km of the coast. Locals in Nyda say they have never seen anything comparable in the past. However, this is not the first time this winter phenomenon...

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Measure Rainfall at Home

Monsoons are associated with mushy and wet days, loads of hot pakoras, jalebis, samosas, rainy day holidays and much more. But, apart from fun days, take advantage of-the season to do some serious research. Your results could perhaps rival that of the meteorological department! Want to take up the challenge? Read on to know what you can do. At first, you will need to measure a whole month's rainfall amount. How do you do that? Well, your school textbooks might have already listed the items, but then,...

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Want to be an Ace Cloud Reporter

Staring up at the blue skies how often have you imagined funny floating shapes in the clouds. Has the dark grey menacing clouds ever affected your moods. Well, clouds come in millions of many shapes and sizes, from little powder puffs dotting the blue skies to the deepest of greys. If you are asked to identify these clouds you probably would want to know what they are named and how they are coded by the meteorological departments world over. But, why do we need to code clouds at all? By understanding...

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Lightning Hazard

Lightning is perhaps one of the most beautiful, and at the same time, one of the most frightening phenomena in nature. While it is terrifying, and could be fatal when it happens at close quarters, its beauty from a distance is often breath-taking. Thomas-François Dalibard (1709-1778), a French scientist, in May 1772 established that lightning contains electricity, based on an experiment originally suggested by the famous American polymath Benjamin Franklin. The experiment consisted of raising...

Magazine Articles # Weather n Climate | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Stalagmites Reveal Past Drought Records

Studying stalagmites and their deposits can reveal the frequency and magnitude of dry and wet seasons in the past. Such studies can help predict climate uncertainties.

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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 data. Future climate change will likely affect monsoon stability and hence makes accurate forecasting even more relevant. ‘We can predict...