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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
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Many large human settlements are very dependant on winter snowfall on nearby mountains.
During the Summer, the snow pack on the mountains gradually melts and results in a somewhat steady flow in the rivers upon which the settlements rely.
A warming climate results in more rain and less or no snow. The rain results in downstream floods since it promptly runs down the mountain.
The absence of snow to gradually melt during the summer results in lower river flows or even complete drying, and results in drought.


Northern India, Pakistan and China are very dependent on the snow fall in the Himalayas. Additional rainfall during the monsoon season would result in much less snowpack to keep rivers originating in the Himalayas going during the rest of the year.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reliable reports state that the monsoon flooding in India is the worst for 100 years. Buildings that date from the colonial era have flooded for the first time ever.
Several hundred lives lost, and millions displaced.

I rather fear that this monsoon season may become the new normal.
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