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Sante Laviola, Agata Moscatello, Mario Marcello Miglietta, Elsa Cattani, and Vincenzo Levizzani

Mediterranean basin. The Alps are responsible for such deflections for the Northern Atlantic systems and the Atlas Mountains for the southern ones. These systems transit over the warm Mediterranean and western Europe, and find favorable conditions for cyclogenesis over the Western Mediterranean ( Buzzi and Tibaldi 1978 ). Also, Mediterranean disturbances frequently develop as a consequence of the interaction of an unusually deep upper-tropospheric trough and cold air with the relative warmth of the sea

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S. Nandargi and O. N. Dhar

northwest Himalayan region The northwest India and the northwest Himalayan regions are particularly prone to vagaries of severe weather situations causing severe floods, disruption of communications, loss of human lives, etc. every year. This region is particularly influenced by western disturbances that originate from extratropics in the Mediterranean and Caspian seas and travel to Indian region mostly during winter season, giving snowfall, rainfall, and chilly weather conditions. On average, five to

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