As heavy rains lash Mumbai, IMD predicts extra

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 6 

As heavy rains lashed Mumbai, the IMD predicted extra alongside the West Coast, Central India, East India, Peninsular elements, Kerala and Karnataka, with scientists attributing the recurrent sample to “increasing warming of the ocean, pole-ward shift on the low-level jet stream and anthropogenic (human-led) activities resulting in increased carbon emissions.”

Monsoon winds over the Arabian Sea are exhibiting giant fluctuations on account of a hotter surroundings. Frequency of low-pressure methods within the Bay of Bengal has declined and additional moisture is transported in from the Arabian Sea, aiding Monsoon winds resulting in excessive rain episodes throughout the complete Central Indian belt.

Such anomalies will turn out to be a recurrent sample with “increasing warming of the ocean and “pole-ward shift on the low-level jet stream” which impacts the Indian summer season monsoon.

Warm SSTs over the northern Arabian Sea lead to elevated moisture and enormous fluctuations within the monsoon winds.  Urbanisation and different land use, in addition to aerosols, contribute to the localised heavy rainfall occurrences, scientists say.

Meanwhile, one other Low-Pressure Area is more likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal round August 9

According to research, widespread excessive rain occasions throughout Central India have tripled since 1950, leading to giant scale floods and catastrophic loss for all times and property throughout Central and Northern India – Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam and elements of Western Ghats (Goa, north Karnataka and South Kerala)

Frequency of localised heavy rain occurrences over India has elevated throughout 1951–2015. There have been 268 reported flooding occasions in India between 1950-2015, killing and leaving 1000’s homeless, they counsel.

Notably, the rise in excessive rainfall occasions is happening over a area the place whole monsoon rainfall is lowering. The intensification is towards the background of a declining monsoon rainfall makes it catastrophic

According to a latest report by Ministry of Earth Sciences, ‘Climate Change Assessment over the Indian Region’, with continued international warming and anticipated reductions of aerosol concentrations sooner or later, local weather fashions mission a rise within the annual and summer season monsoon imply rainfall, in addition to the frequency of heavy rain occurrences over most elements of India through the twenty-first century.

As per a 2017 paper in Nature Communications the frequency of low-pressure methods within the Bay of Bengal has declined and this additional moisture is transported in from the Arabian Sea, aiding Monsoon winds resulting in excessive rain episodes throughout the complete Central Indian belt.

Another research by scientists on the New York University claims {that a} poleward shift within the monsoon low-level jetstream (LLJ), which transports moisture from surrounding oceans to the Indian landmass, has been detected.


Dr Roxy Mathew Koll from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology says: “While it’s too early for an in-depth evaluation of the continuing floods, what we are able to say is that there’s an growing pattern in heavy rainfall occasions on the west coast of India.

“In our evaluation of rainfall knowledge over the past 70 years, we discover a three-fold rise in excessive rains alongside the west coast and central India. This is as a result of the monsoon winds over the Arabian Sea at the moment are exhibiting giant fluctuations, due to a hotter surroundings.

“Occasional surges within the winds drive an enormous quantity of moisture provide from the Arabian Sea, throughout the complete west coast. These episodes lead to an intense rainfall unfold over three days.

“Besides some of my colleagues at New York University have found a slight northward shift of the monsoon westerlies in recent decades, this could mean that the chances of heavy rainfall might be larger towards the north of Western Ghats— but that aspect is yet to be explored.”

Dr Anjal Prakash, IPCC’s Lead Author on chapters on urbanisation and mountains, provides: “Some of the Indian cities equivalent to Mumbai, Kolkata, Vizag and Goa are at larger dangers on account of its proximities to the ocean or being within the high-hazard zones.

“Mumbai being the richest Indian Municipalities do not have lack of resources to adapt to these climatic events. With proper adaptation measures, some of the impacts of high rainfalls could be avoided”

Quoting advice of the Madhav Chitale committee, Anjal Prakash says the Mithi River which is the main drainage level within the north has been diminished to an open drain on account of extreme encroachments and discharge of business effluents into the river and its mangrove forests must be protected by bringing particular laws.

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