Weather n Climate

Mitigating Cloudbursts Need Better Forecasting and Disaster Preparedness

Cloudbursts in recent times On July 19, 2017, a cloudburst in the Chenab Valley region of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir led to 8 deaths and 11 people injured (The Hindu, 2017). Many of the casualties occurred due to running debris and silt that flowed through in the Chenab Valley as a result of the night-time cloudburst between July 19 to the 20. Flash floods hit Thathri town at 2 in the morning. The deaths mostly occurred as most people were asleep during the cloudburst. The Batote-Kishtwar...

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Total Healing of the Ozone Layer all Over the World Expected Soon

The ozone layer is a belt of naturally occurring ozone gas in the stratosphere. It absorbs the harmful ultraviolet radiations emitted from the sun before it reaches the Earth’s atmosphere. Ozone depleting substances (ODS) like CFCs and other organic substances that are used in appliances are responsible for the depletion and thinning of ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty signed to protect the ozone layer where the parties agreed to phase out production of ODSs. It has proved...

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Volutus and Eleven New Clouds in the International Cloud Atlas

On World Metrological Day, March 23, the International Cloud Atlas declared the discovery of new cloud specie and 11 new cloud types, enriching the cloud atlas and the learning of cloud enthusiasts.

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Tropical Cyclone – a violently rotating wind system

A tropical cyclone ‘Enawo’ struck Madagascar last week and claimed over 38 lives. So what are these vortexes and how do they damage so much? Let us find out.

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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,...