Burst of clouds causes ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ !

‘Monsoon mayhem in India – Early this year!’

Floodwaters engulf India
Floodwaters engulf India

In what is being described as the ‘Himalayan Tsunami’, north-western India has drowned due to floodwaters as the country experiences one of its worst floods in history.

Weather History – What led to the floods?

On June 15, western trough ’10’ was leaving the northern areas of Pakistan while on the same day a low pressure system was over central areas of India. The western trough shifted its focus towards the northern areas of India on June 16 as it lied over Jammu & Kashmir and adjoining Pakistan. On June 16, it caused the west moving low pressure system to curve in a NNE direction, on June 17 the low pressure moved towards North-eastern Rajasthan and adjoining Uttar Pradesh as it started interacting with the western winds.

The Himalayan Tsunami rages on!

Temple hit by gushing waters
Temple hit by gushing waters

Monsoon has come many weeks early this year in India and heavier than usual in this part of India. On June 17, the Uttarakhand state received 340 mm (13 inches) of rain which is 375% above normal as compared to the normal 65.9 mm (2 inches). Heavy downpour lasted till four days in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and adjoining northern states. Following are the key features of 2013 North India Floods;

  • 500 people dead while 60, 000 stranded as per International Media.
  • Wettest rain in five decades.
  • Worst floods in NW India in 60 years.
  • 375% above normal rain in Uttarakhand.
  • National capital New Delhi hit hard.

Nepal has witnessed landslides and floods as 39 people have died due to similar conditions in the country. In short the same weather system has killed 14 people in Pakistan, 500 in India and 39 in Nepal.

Lahore experienced it days ago

Before the Himalayan Tsunami, a short burst of severe weather was observed in North-eastern areas of Punjab especially the provincial capital Lahore where 102 mm (4 inches) of rain fell between June 14 and June 15, predicted by PWP in its update on June 9. The burst of heavy rain killed 14 people in the city. Lahore’s monthly average rain for June is 36.3 mm (1 inches) but this June a total of 153 mm was observed out of which 102 mm fell in few hours.

19 replies to “Burst of clouds causes ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ !

  1. Extremly sad event in india…late he saheh ap ne article likhna to start krdya..any way what about sindh weather when first spell will hit sindh??

  2. These floods in India are another horrible result of the Pakistan-Arabia Dust Cloud, when the Cloud occupies the country of Pakistan and causes drought, heat, humidity and dust storms–meanwhile in India it stalls the monsoon and causes floods like these.

    Since the Dust Cloud is man-made, it is up to the people in Pakistan and Arabia to cut back on their animal grazing in the deserts, to allow some vegetation to cover the currently barren areas, so that the soil will stop getting airborne.

    Otherwise the whole region will continue to suffer with massive drought, massive floods, horrible heat waves with oppressive humidity and terrible dust storms.

    It is unnecessary to have to live that way, because all of that could be easily cured if people want to make the effort.

    You can see my research at http://www.ecoseeds.com/floods.html (2010 floods), http://www.ecoseeds.com/floods2.html (2011 floods), http://www.ecoseeds.com/2012drought.html and http://www.ecoseeds.com/2012floods.html.

    It is up to the people decide they do not want any more floods, droughts and dust storms, and take action to keep the soil on the ground, instead of in the air.

    1. Words of wisdom for sure, Thanks Craig!

      Did you hear that Pakistan made a record of planting some 847,000 seeds of trees in Sindh province! I wish such plantations happen on a larger scale and the people realize that they need the vegetation to sustain or we will go through tough times!

  3. Craig great research but the dust cloud you are talking about is not the only factor which influences the monsoon .. It might be a factor, but there are more significant meteorological phenomenons which may do the trick. For example, it was the arrival of the Madeleine Juillien oscillation wet phase in 2007 which led one of the most dramatic onset of the monsoon season In South Asia, however, the oscillation entered its dry phase which led to a month long break which stretched all through July .. El Niño was responsible in 2009 while La Niña conditions in 2010 .. Also, the jet stream was pulled towards the north due to the great heat wave in Russia at that time .. A mini version of this had occurred in 2008 which led to monsoon rains in karachi in August and also this year during the middle part of this month when the jet stream shifted north into Central Asia

    This person writing the blog always drags most details and never bases any of his forecast on facts .. Rather, they seem to have been copied from other meteorological services or on his own preposterous assumptions .. I mean what the hell is the wettest rain? Or for that matter fast winds? English much?

    1. Positive criticism is always welcomed, your past comments had some abusive words!

      PWP does not copy forecast – PWP’s forecast are based on meteorological charts, maps, models, history and prevailing conditions (Images of such models are uploaded like in any other blog), you need these things to predict weather even famous blogs like Accuweather and Weather Underground do that, no angel comes and whispers in their ears about the upcoming weather. Almost all weather blogs do that! PWP had forecasted the June rains (duration, intensity etc) earlier than any other weather service (PMD predicted it only two days ago). PWP uses easy terminologies so that the common Pakistani can understand it.

      But since your one of those Pakistanis who like to bash anything that is being controlled by a Pakistani, so there is no point of arguing with you, if this blog would have been a ‘International Weather Service’ or would have been controlled by a ‘foreigner’ then your comments would have been like ‘What a Fantastic Work !!! ‘ 😉

    2. Sounds like you have a “jealous rival” here Babar bhai.

      PWP is by far the best in Pakistan weather forecasts and this blog will remain at top for me until and unless I find a better website than this, which I highly doubt.

      1. Thank you HKhan.
        That person might be suffering from PWP-Phobia, visiting every day with immature comments and clicking the site’s link. Atleast he pays a daily visit 😛
        When someone does not like a TV show they switch to another TV show instead of watching that show, no one is forcing him to come to PWP! Yet they still come!

    1. Yes, I remember that in June some nasty dust storms come in Multan!
      So far there has been no important western system that could bring those dust storms while the monsoon moisture is also weak.

  4. May allah help them and save our beautiful and beloved country from this type of horrible nature/weather.

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