Western Disturbances - An Indian Meteorological Perspective

  • A.P. Dimri
  • Amulya Chevuturi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. A. P. Dimri, Amulya Chevuturi
    Pages 1-26
  3. A. P. Dimri, Amulya Chevuturi
    Pages 27-59
  4. A. P. Dimri, Amulya Chevuturi
    Pages 61-82
  5. A. P. Dimri, Amulya Chevuturi
    Pages 83-111
  6. A. P. Dimri, Amulya Chevuturi
    Pages 113-127
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-131

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the meteorological phenomenon known as Western Disturbances (WDs) and traces their influence on the Indian subcontinent. It fully details the unique characteristics and dynamics of these disturbances, which produce large-scale instabilities in the atmosphere over northern India due to the orographic influence of the Himalayas.  

The authors first present a definition of the phenomenon and then go on to detail their structure and migration. Topics include dynamics, energetics and thermodynamics; modelling studies; land-use and land-cover interactions; and WDs in the changing climate.  

In addition, coverage outlines how WDs interact with and influence other weather systems throughout the four seasons of Indian climate: winter, pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon. It places special emphasis on wintertime dynamics since WDs significantly contribute to the precipitation in India during this time. The authors explain why this period should be termed "Indian winter monsoon" and differentiate it from the northeast monsoon which so far is the prevalent term used in the region's meteorological parlance. 

Complete with detailed illustrations and case studies, this monograph will help researchers and students gain a fundamental understanding of these important storms. This knowledge is essential not only for short–term and seasonal hydrometeorological forecasting but also for the assessment of regional climate change and its impacts.

Keywords

Extra-tropical or Mid-latitude cyclones Indian Winter Monsoon Meteorological Western Disturbances Precipitation and Meteorological Disturbances Precipitation and Meteorological Disturbances Subtropical Westerly Jet and meteorological Disturbances

Authors and affiliations

  • A.P. Dimri
    • 1
  • Amulya Chevuturi
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.School of Environmental SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26737-1
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26735-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26737-1
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