Friday, September 24, 2010

The Meteorology of the Pakistani Floods

The flooding witnessed in the Indus Valley is unprecedented in the country’s modern history and was caused by a combination of increasingly warm ocean water and a mysterious blockage of the jet stream, which drew warm, water-laden air north to Pakistan, over which it burst in sheets of raging liquid. If the floods that followed prove a harbinger of things to come, then they are a milestone in our experience of global warming, a big story in its own right.

This is the story as reported by Professor Juan Cole in his excellent article for anybody outside Pakistan:

The Great Pakistani Deluge Never Happened: Don’t Tune In, It’s Not Important

There you have the entire article, on Guernicamag.com. Juan Cole's writings can be read at Informed Comment.


Pakistan Aid by Cameron Carow

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