Monsoon intensity in India enhanced by heat captured by desert dust from the Middle East

Watts Up With That?

From the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN comes this interesting study. Like dust from the Sahara enhances tropical storm formation near the Cape Verde Islands, so does dust from the Middle East enhance rainfall during the monsoon season in India.

indian-monsoon-season Monsoon rains fall on the green valleys of Madhya Pradesh, India. CREDIT Rajarshi Mitra

Variations in the ability of sand particles kicked into the atmosphere from deserts in the Middle East to absorb heat can change the intensity of the Indian Summer Monsoon, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

The research was published July 28 in Scientific Reports, an open access journal from the publishers of Nature.

The Indian monsoon is a period of intense rainfall that more than a billion people rely on to bring rains to farmland. The results of the study could help improve monsoon prediction models, which usually use a…

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