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Warmist Blames India Monsoon On ‘Climate Change’ But Annual rainfall trends debunk

By Paul Homewood

Andrew Dessler is Prof of Atmospheric Sciences & climate scientist at Texas A&M, so we learnt long ago to take what he says with a large pinch of salt!


Meanwhile back in the real world, India’s monsoon rainfall has been running just above average this year, but within the normal range (regarded as 10% +/-):

daily evolution of All India Summer Monsoon Rainfall, cumulative, 2020

All India Daily Rainfall

Annual trends do not support Dessler’s little theory. Furthermore it is usually La Nina conditions which determine whether monsoon rainfall is extreme or not:

All India Summer Monsoon Rainfall based on IITM/IMD homogenous Indian monthly rainfall data

As with most years, rainfall patterns vary across India, with some parts getting extra, and others less than normal. Those who know about these things call it “WEATHER”.

And unfortunately this variability often leads to bad floods somewhere or other in the country, where they are regarded as a fact of life.

And as Reuters reported in July, heavy rain is regarded as a boon, not a disaster, as Dessler in his ivory tower seems to believe:

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Monsoon rains in India are expected to be 104% of a long-term average in August and September, the weather office said on Friday, indicating bumper harvests and helping to alleviate the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crop-nourishing monsoon rains are expected to be 97% of a long-term average in August, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.


Dessler is one of that growing breed of politicized climate scientists, who think they have the right to tell us how to live our lives. As we find so often in these cases, it is the truth which suffers most.