Dust in Africa means rain in India

Dust from northern Africa and western Asia is having a direct influence on stronger monsoons in India.

Researchers have found that dust in the air absorbs sunlight west of India, warming the air instead of allowing heat to reach the earth’s surface. This strengthens winds carrying moisture eastward and results in more monsoon rainfall about a week later in India.

The research fills in previously unknown details about the summer monsoon rains that are so essential for India.

Read more at Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar