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“Cloud and Sunshine” Now Among the Top 100 Weather Blogs

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Feedspot.com, a content reading site, has surveyed thousands of weather blogs around the world and ranked the Top 100 on the basis of the following criteria:
• Google reputation and Google search ranking
• Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
• Quality and consistency of posts
• Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

I am happy to learn that my blog on weather and climate, “Cloud and Sunshine” (https://rrkelkar.wordpress.com), finds a place among these Top 100 Weather Blogs. Started in May 2007, my blog remains popular to this day and has recorded 389,000 hits so far.

The list of Feedspot’s Top 100 Weather Blogs and Websites For Meteorologists as of 12 January 2018 is available at https://blog.feedspot.com/weather_blogs/ “Cloud and Sunshine” ranks 54 out of these 100. I am happy with this global ranking considering that many of the other toppers are web sites operated by meteorological services and institutions.

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Article on Cyclone Ockhi by Dr Ranjan Kelkar

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An article in Marathi on Cyclone Ockhi written by Dr Ranjan Kelkar was published in the weekly Zee Marathi Disha on 16 December 2017.

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Filmy Weather (37): “Monsoon Shootout”, More Blood than Water

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“Monsoon Shootout” was released in theatres in India, not during the monsoon season, but in the winter of 2017. It had in fact been shown at the Cannes film festival way back in 2013, but like a grossly delayed monsoon, it arrived here only in 2017. There are some monsoons that make no sense to a meteorologist. “Monsoon Shootout” was a film that made no sense to me either as a meteorologist or as an average moviegoer. The camera did succeed in capturing some of the fury of the Mumbai monsoon. But besides that redeeming feature, there was nothing much in the film to write about.

The monsoon has been known to evoke emotions of love and romance, and it has inspired great minds to cerate great works of poetry and literature, music and dance. But the point that “Monsoon Shootout” is perhaps trying to prove is that the monsoon influences the base instincts of criminal minds as well. The film has louder gunshot echoes than the thunder in the sky. Instead of raindrops, there is blood splashing all over. There are more streams of blood than the rain water on the streets. Crime, lawlessness, killing, lust, greed, corruption, are all what the monsoon is shown to bring along with it.

Here and there, the film throws in some philosophy for a change. At regular intervals, there is a dialogue about the right path, the wrong path and the middle path. But the film apparently has not been able to understand the path of the monsoon. I watched the movie second-day-second-show. There were just ten people in the hall, including me!

New Marathi Article by Prof R R Kelkar

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A new article by Prof R R Kelkar about the erratic behaviour of the southwest monsoon of 2017 has been published in 1 October 2017 issue of the Marathi weekly Sakal Saptarang. Click on the link below to read it.

http://www.esakal.com/saptarang/marathi-news-sakal-saptranga-esakal-ranjan-kelkar-monsoon-75149

An Article on “The Music of the Monsoon”

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An article by Prof R R Kelkar entitled “The Music of the Monsoon” has been published on 8 September 2017 in the IAPT-IISER journal Physics Education. Click on the link to read.

http://www.physedu.in/publication/webspecials/PE-WS17-09-085

New Marathi Article by Dr Ranjan Kelkar

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An article in Marathi entitled “Monsoon Samjoon Gheuya” by Dr Ranjan Kelkar was published in the newspaper Agrowon dated 29 June 2017. 

170629 Article Agrowon Monsoon Progress

Prof R R Kelkar’s TV Interview on the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar was interviewed by Dr Uday Nirgudkar on the subject of the monsoon in the Heart to Heart programme of the Marathi news channel Z 24 Taas on 10 June 2017. Click on the link below to watch it on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu7ew1w28aE

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http://zeenews.india.com/marathi/video/heart-to-heart-with-dr-ranjan-kelkar-10th-june-2017/368262

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