1. What are monsoons?
  2. Why are they observed only in certain parts of the world?
  3. Why is the Indian southwest monsoon more intense and more regular than all other monsoons?
  4. Why is Edmund Halley’s 17th century explanation of the monsoon still talked about?
  5. Why is the southwest monsoon so important to India?
  6. Is the monsoon predictable?
  7. Why is it easy to forecast the monsoon rainfall with statistical models?
  8. Why do good statistical models fail occasionally?
  9. How many predictors should a statistical model ideally have?
  10. Is it possible to foretell future rainfall from past rainfall?
  11. Why has no one developed a good dynamical model of the monsoon yet?
  12. How believable are seasonal forecasts based on dynamical models?
  13. How important is El Nino to India?
  14. Is an El Nino a signal of drought over India?
  15. Why is La Nina good for India?
  16. How do distant factors like Eurasian snow or North Atlantic temperature, control the Indian monsoon?
  17. What can satellites tell us about the monsoon?
  18. Has the monsoon rainfall over India shown any increasing or decreasing trend over the last century?
  19. How is global warming likely to affect the Indian monsoon?
  20. Will there be more droughts or floods?
  21. Is there any climate model that we can trust as far as the monsoon is concerned?
  22. What is the benefit of monsoon field experiments and international observational programmes?
  23. Will we ever succeed in our attempts to give accurate monsoon predictions?
  24. Or is the monsoon not predictable beyond a certain limit?

The answers to these questions (and many more) will be found in a new book “Monsoon Prediction” by Prof. R. R. Kelkar, which will soon be published. Watch this space for details.

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