Monday, May 13, 2024

The Teesta Valley GLOF disaster of Oct2023 in WMO 'State of the Climate in Asia 2023' report

The above report has been released by WMO (World Meteorological Organization) on 23Apr2024 and contains a comprehensive account of the climate and extreme events in Asia in 2023:
The Teesta Valley GLOF disaster has also been mentioned prominently in the report (page 18) and it vindicates our stand on it - that it was the largest GLOF disaster in the Himalayas in the recent past and YET it hardly received any attention from the national media or the state governments and the centre.
After the WMO report however, several national level e- papers have carried the story:

Praful Rao
Kalimpong district
Darjeeling Sikkim Himalaya

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Normal Rainfall stats for Sub-Himalayan West Bengal (SHWB) and Sikkim updated by IMD Gangtok.

 The Rainfall Normals for SHWB and Sikkim have been revised by IMD. The OLD one (below)

has been updated and the NEW Rainfall Normals are placed here:

Significant points to note are:

  • The period of observation has decreased from 1951 to 1971 to 2000 ie a 20 year decline.
  • There is an overall decrease in the TOTAL rainfall by 169.1mm ie from 2708.9mm to 2539.8mm
  • There is a significant decrease (325.5mm) in the rainfall for the winter and pre-monsoon periods so we will have more drought like conditions during this period.
  • There is a significant increase (254.9mm) in the rainfall for the post monsoon period.
  • Rainfall during the monsoon period has also decreased by 116.7mm. 

Source: IMD Gangtok (Sikkim)

Praful Rao
Kalimpong district
Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya