Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Is this Climate Change? Extraordinary Rainfall of Aug2009 in Kalimpong

August2008 was a great month as far a rain and landslides went; not so this year.
In August 2009, even though we received just about the monthly average rainfall (approx 630mm ie 10mm short of the monthly average) what went wrong was that in just two days (15Aug2009 and 19Aug2009) we received more than 55% of the total monthly rainfall.
This extraordinary volume and intensity of rainfall caused widespread and huge damage in Kalimpong subdivision and much of which is documented in the blog.
So climate change may not be something which we read about in some environmental magazine or see on CNN - maybe it is happening in our midst.

Praful Rao

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