Unprecedented, widespread, and devastating hailstorms occurred during February and March 2014 over north peninsular India (study area). A diagnostic study has been carried out to understand the causes for the same. Over the study area the atmosphere was convectively unstable due to the incursion of warm and moist air from Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea which was overlaid by cold and dry midlatitude westerlies caused due to the unusual upper oceanic heat content of the Pacific Ocean.

Ground and satellite based measurements of spectral optical properties of aerosols have been carried out at Dehradun (DDN) in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) and Kavaratti (KVT) at Lakshadweep in southern Arabian Sea during pre-monsoon season (March–May) 2012. The measurements illustrate distinct seasonal impact on aerosol properties with maximum dust loading during May in conjunction with anthropogenic aerosols over DDN and marine aerosols over KVT.

In its rush to take credit for speedy approvals for proposed projects, the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has claimed it has granted green clearance for the Shivaji memorial in t

The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEF&CC) has issued a draft notification to amend the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification, 2011, allowing for reclamations and al

Western disturbances have a long history of climatological, synoptic and satellite observations based studies. In present study an attempt has been made to understand the different aspects of western disturbances like movement, associated convection, induce systems and associated weather. The western disturbances (WDs) during post monsoon and winter season have been selected for the study as they are mainly responsible for precipitation over western Himalayan region and adjoining plains of northwest India.

VISAKHAPATNAM: A cyclonic storm is brewing in the Bay of Bengal and is expected to hit the Odisha coast by October 12, Met officials said.

In the last decade, the northern Arabian Sea has witnessed a radical shift in the composition of winter phytoplankton blooms, which previously comprised mainly of diatoms, the unicellular, siliceous photosynthetic organisms favoured by nutrient-enriched waters from convective mixing. These trophically important diatom blooms have been replaced by widespread blooms of a large, green dinoflagellate, Noctiluca scintillans, which combines carbon fixation from its chlorophyll-containing endosymbiont with ingestion of prey. Here, we report that these massive outbreaks of N.

Flood-battered Jammu and Kashmir can expect a break from heavy rains as the monsoon goes into a less active phase in north India for at least the next three-four days.

Picturesque Island Diu is all set to become India’s first solar energy sufficient Union Territory by the end of 2015.

Oil tankers follow Marpol regulations, cannot discharge large quantities of oil'