Physical oceanographer turned meteorologist Dr M J Varkey of the Goa-based NIO has authored and self-published his ‘Science of the Asian Monsoon’ (pp 162, Rs 150, May 2007). What’s interesting is that some 5000 copies of this book have been published.
It offers an introduction to the monsoons, looks at the Goa case, and then shifts to themes like monsoon clouds and mosoon rains and monsoon disturbances (cyclones and floods).
Did you know that the Asian monsoon covers 23 million sq. km. of land, or that almost all Asian countries can be included in the core Asian monsoon sector? And check this: Panjim gets about 277 cms rain each year. But near the foothills of Goa, it rains over 400 cms per year!
Don’t get intimidated by the diagrams this book contains; it has a lot of useful information too.
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