This article comes from a good friend Link, who has a powerful account of the recent freak cloudburst in Ladakh. Read the full story at What's With the Climate?

Leh Cloud-Burst: a First-Hand Account

By Linkesh Diwan ( (This article is licensed under Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution license.)

Midnight, August 6, 2010: "Link, wake up!  Water is coming in from the roof!"  

My mother and I were in Leh, Ladakh, staying at "Eco-Homestay," the house of Mr. Sonam Gyatso and family, in Lower Sankar. The house was made in a hybrid of traditional and modern construction techniques: the main hall in the house was concrete, while rooms surrounding it were made of sun-dried mud bricks, and roofed with Poplar beams, a mesh of willow branches, and a thick pad of fine clay-like mud.  The house incorporated passive solar building techniques, such as a direct-gain room, and a Trombe wall, and had solar-powered lighting.  It had been raining since evening, and by midnight the clay roof was saturated and began to leak….

Read the full story at What's With the Climate?


For more climate movement news, follow 350 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram