Weather’s Role in the Thai Cave Rescue

July 9, 2018 0 Comments

The story has captured our attention for weeks now as a soccer team has been trapped underground. While rescuers work diligently to rescue the remaining boys and their soccer coach from the cave, they are racing against the clock of mother nature. There has been a lot of talk of the Thai monsoonal rains that could cause additional flooding within the cave. Have you ever wondered what this monsoon is exactly?

A monsoon is actually just a seasonal shift in wind over certain regions of the world. For Thailand, the winds switch out of the West and Southwest during the summer months bringing moisture and heavy rain into the region. Typically, monsoons require two things: hot land mass and ample moisture source. In our case, the Indian Ocean is our moisture source, and with Thailand being fairly close to the equator, the land is indeed hot. The hot air and moisture help to cause moisture to rise and form rain clouds. Then, winds continue to funnel into the showers and it becomes a vicious cycle that leads to continued flooding issues for the region.

It does appear as though more heavy rain is in the forecast for the cave site in Thailand in the coming days. So the rescue workers are working around the clock to rescue the rest of the boys and coach before the rain begins again. While the main story is about the boys’ safety, it is interesting the role the weather plays in the operations of rescue workers in this situation. Now, you should have a better understanding of what this monsoon is and its role in the cave rescue efforts.

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