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US scientists: Wet and dry spells up drought, flood risks in India

Apr 30 2014, 16:21 IST
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Stanford scientists have warned of significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events during monsoon. Stanford scientists have warned of significant changes in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events during monsoon.
SummaryIntensity of extremely wet spells, number of dry spells during monsoon have increased in recent decades.

data using statistical methods, they discovered that although the average total rainfall during the monsoon season has declined, the variability of rainfall during the peak monsoon months has increased.

The researchers observed increases in the intensity of wet spells and frequency of dry spells. "The statistical techniques show these changes are unlikely to happen purely by chance," Singh added.

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