Changing weather pattern

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 10:37:57 AM IST

 North East India and East India are no strangers to thunderstorms in the April to June period and the frequency of bad weather has been regular during the past half a decade. Thunderstorm and lightning that often cause destruction and kill people. The frequency of these storms is usually highest in the North East (30 days to 40 days between March and May). A thunderstorm, mostly a short-duration phenomenon that seldom lasts over two hours, is always accompanied by thunder and lightning, usually with strong gusts of wind, heavy rain, and sometimes with hail. Nagaland also experienced a very devastating storm on May 13 when various parts experienced gale winds, sudden thundershowers and hail. Though there was no report of any deaths, a few were injured when their tin-roof houses were blown away and trees uprooted. Such destructive weather patterns have become a reality and it could only get worse when climatic changes are triggering abnormal cycles. There is a difference between “weather “ and “climate” as the former relates to conditions in the atmosphere over a short time. In the latter, it relates to how the atmosphere behaves over a longer period of time. Climate change generally means changes in long-term averages of daily levels of temperature and rainfall. In a warming world, we can expect it to get wetter. The distribution of the rainfall throughout the year could change as we experience longer, drier spells, although when rain falls it may be in intense bursts. That being so, the issue of climate change is also a factor that is related with mindless destruction of forests and precipitation of the “green house gas effect” from various chemicals and fossil fuel emissions. The local destruction of the local environment has also added to the changes in climate. According to environmentalists, there can be no compensation for the loss of natural forests because open forests are often classified as degraded. A dense or closed forest, as it is known in scientific terms, is characteristic of that area and climatic conditions. When a natural forest is felled what is lost is the ecological system, including rare species of flora and fauna. What replaces it is a monoculture plantation of fast-growing species. The contributory factors for abnormal weather patterns are varied and many. It is therefore important to make citizens aware of their roles and once this is achieved, perhaps even choice of environmental friendly products would become a necessity. No government in the state should overlook the role of sustainable development while pursuing economic growth. Ignoring this matter would only create an unfavourable climate literally and geographically and disturb the need to maintain equitable and healthy rates of growth. According to the weather scientists, the warming of the climate system has been in evidence by the increase in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and rising global average sea level. While nature takes its own course, humans too need to chart a course where pursuit for better life does not have a long term effect on their environment. Since abnormal weather conditions are not going away, what is needed is accuracy in predicting thunderstorms, state government has to put in place disaster management and people themselves have to be fully prepared. 


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