Earth’s cloud computing | India News

The Indian monsoon is a time of magic. Suddenly, a sunny day turns dark as night. A wind whips into a frenzy and hitherto dignifiedlooking trees arch in a twisting, ecstatic dance. Then, with regal rumbling, the heavens open and you are soaked in the benediction of the skies. These rains are borne from Africa and the Indian Ocean, their journey proving nature abhors an imbalance — the searing summer heat of the Indian landmass causes winds to push oceanic clouds from the seas into the subcontinent. Between June to September, these moisture-laden clouds bestow India, UNESCO estimates, with over 75% of its total annual rainfall.

‘Over millions of years, mountains, ice sheets and oceans shaped the Indian monsoon’

This is vital for 1.8 billion people living in the subcontinent. In India, the monsoon boosts key rivers and economic sectors — the World Bank estimates over 60% of Indian agriculture is rainfed — bolstering water, food, industrial and energy security. Even politicians, usually intricately conscious of rank and file, modestly acknowledge the monsoon to be India’s true finance minister. Yet, this phenomenon reflects more than everyday economics for this is the result of nature’s computing, adding Earth’s orbit around the sun to jet streams, belts of tropospheric warmth, heat sinks in oceans and cumulonimbus clouds in the skies. Together, these create a friendly siege — the monsoon’s airstream mounts the Western Ghats, recedes, then climbs again, each time pushing thicker clouds upwards. These finally cascade triumphantly into the plains, rain being the joy of this parade. This monsoon is under threat now.


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‘A positive IOD can enable a normal Indian monsoon’

Anthropogenic or human actions, from fossil fuel usage to pollution and deforestation, are emitting increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) into Earth’s atmosphere. The global warming from this is heating land and air faster, which means stormier monsoons. But alongside, the Indian Ocean is warming too, weakening rain.

‘Butterflies migrate with the rains, flying over mountains and against the winds’

As Times Evoke’s global experts emphasise, the monsoon — nature’s wondrously balanced equation — faces an unpredictable future. Global warming wasn’t caused by those who anxiously await these rains — yet, it bears the greatest consequences for them, a truth to be remembered in calls for climate justice. It is vital we know the science underpinning the magical monsoon now. Join Times Evoke in discovering the greatest cloud computing on Earth.