On May 10th, a cyclonic storm is anticipated to brew over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of East Central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that a low-pressure area has formed over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea. If the cyclonic storm forms, it is likely to be named ‘Cyclone Mocha’.
The Weather agency said, “It is likely to be high to very high over east central Bay of Bengal and very rough to the high adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea from 12th May”.
The IMD released a statement saying it is likely to intensify into a depression on May 9 over the same region and erupt into a cyclonic storm over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of East Central Bay of Bengal.
The cyclonic storm is likely to move initially north-northwest wards towards east central Bay of Bengal till 11th May and thereafter, it is likely to recurve gradually and move north-northeastwards towards Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts.
It has been predicted that there may be moderate rainfall at most places during these days, with scattered “heavy to very heavy” rainfall likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during 10th to 11th May.
Fishermen and small ships, boats and trawlers were advised not to venture into the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of Andaman Sea and adjoining the central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea from Tuesday.
What are Cyclones?
Cyclones are large-scale weather networks that form when warm, moist air rises and cooler air rushes in to take its place, creating a low-pressure area. As the air continues to spiral inward, it forms a rotating mass of clouds and precipitation. The direction of rotation is determined by the Coriolis effect, which causes air masses in the Northern Hemisphere to turn counterclockwise and air masses in the Southern Hemisphere to turn clockwise.
Cyclones can vary in size and intensity, from small mesocyclones that produce tornadoes, to large extratropical cyclones that can span thousands of kilometers and affect entire regions. Tropical cyclones, such as hurricanes and typhoons, are warm-core cyclones that form over tropical oceans and can produce extremely strong winds and heavy rainfall.
It’s important to note that while cyclones are often associated with severe weather, not all cyclones are dangerous. In fact, many cyclones can bring much-needed rainfall to dry regions and help regulate the Earth’s temperature and climate.