Earth's Most Prominent Rainfall Feature Creeping Northward

Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 02:35 in Earth & Climate

The rain band near the equator that determines the supply of freshwater to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics has been creeping north for more than 300 years. If the band continues to migrate at just less than a mile a year, which is the average for all the years it has been moving north, then some Pacific islands near the equator may be starved of freshwater by midcentury or sooner.

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