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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

What exactly caused the Chennai rains this december (2015)?


What exactly caused the Chennai rains this December (2015)?
                                    Article author: K Sreram
Heavy rain that hadn’t occurred in Chennai for over hundred years is something important to consider to understand our world’s climatic change. We have all heard about global warming, in which the global surface temperature gradually increase as a consequence of greenhouse effect. The global average temperature raised by 1˚C from 1880 to 2010. Does this value sound quite small? Well it's probably not. Because, this data is “average global surface temperature”. So on an average, all places on the map experience a temperature hike by 1˚C; obviously we have the net hike being directly proportional to the Earth’s surface area; which means that it eventually sums up to a huge value. Can the Chennai rains be related to this temperature hike? Yes it can! Global warming does not just cause glaciers melting in the Polar Regions, and the raising of the sea water level.

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