IITM: Ocean mean temperature better predicts Indian summer monsoon

Researchers at Pune's Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology report that ocean mean temperature is more accurate in predicting Indian monsoon than sea surface temperature, which is used routinely. While the sea surface temperature (SST) showed 60% success rate in correctly predicting Indian monsoon during 1993-2017, the ocean mean temperature (OMT) had 80% success rate. Sea surface … Continue reading IITM: Ocean mean temperature better predicts Indian summer monsoon

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Scientists now know why Chennai received unprecedented heavy rainfall in 2015

Both extreme El Nino conditions and the warming trend in the Bay of Bengal contributed equally to the Chennai deluge. The extreme El Nino conditions in 2015 and the warming trend in the Bay of Bengal contributed equally to the unprecedented heavy rainfall witnessed in Chennai for three days from November 30 to December 2, 2015, … Continue reading Scientists now know why Chennai received unprecedented heavy rainfall in 2015