The pukka Indians defending India’s northern border at Siachen are not only being threatened by bandits and insurgents, but also by glaciers, ten soldiers already being killed during February.
The deaths are caused by avalanches, the frequency of which has increased by some 30% while the quantum of snow fall has doubled.
Minimum average temperatures have increased from minus 40°C to minus 30°C and the avereage maximum temperature increased from 13°C to 15.5°C.
The logic is that the rise in minimum temperature is not allowing snow to freeze into hard ice so it remains moist producing slippery slopes and thus fueling avalanches.
Pukka Nonsense yet again, sahib.
Ice freezes at 0°C so whether the minimum is minus 40°C or minus 30°C is neither here nor there. It will still freeze into hard ice.
No, the reason avalanches have increased 30% is due to the doubling of snow being deposited in the mountains. Overloading the existing glaciers with more snow simply means more avalanches, similar to glacier calving that is caused by massive deposition of snow upstream observed elsewhere.