Jan 08, 2007
Changing global weather pattern causing concern - Experts are trying to find out the reasons behind the recent changes in the monsoon rainfall pattern in the country and ways to save farmers from the fast-changing global climate and vagaries of weather. Study shows a significant rise in the frequency and the magnitude of extreme rain events and a decreasing trend in the frequency of moderate events over central India. In 2005 and 2006, the country had witnessed a unique shift in the monsoon rainfall pattern, heavy rains in drought-prone areas and low rainfall in flood-prone areas. Particularly, the west coast of the country received heavy rains, leading to floods at places. The increase in rainfall over the west coast coincided with the first step of de-glaciation in the central Asia and Tibetan plateau which enhanced the land-sea air pressure difference during summer
Unusual Weather Observations
WISCONSIN -USA- The National Weather Service's Milwaukee/Sullivan office saw a RECORD NUMBER of 413 SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS in 2006, ranging from severe thunderstorms to flash floods. That shattered the station's record of 240 events set in 2005. On April 13, three hailstorms combined to create the COSTLIEST STORM DAY IN WISCONSIN HISTORY. Jefferson County saw hail up to 4.25 inches in diameter. Northern Wisconsin spent the year battling another drought. The outlook for 2007 is far from rosy. Parched northwestern Wisconsin has little snow cover, meaning the moisture-starved area could be ripe for forest fires in the spring.