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The effects of climate change on cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea

The effects of climate change on cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea

As cyclone Tauktae develops over the Arabian Sea, it is now clear that India will see more frequent cyclones every year due to global warming

It’s May, and for the second year running, a major pre-monsoon cyclone is set to make landfall in the next few days. Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea, which is currently classed as a cyclonic storm (CS) by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), is set to develop into a very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS) over the next two days. It is predicted to make landfall along the Gujarat coast either on 17 or 18 May. The cyclone, which developed as a depression over Lakshwadeep, has prompted the IMD to issue ‘Red’ alerts for Kerala on 14 May and for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on 15 May. It has also issued a heavy rain warning for Maharashtra and Gujarat as the cyclone gathers more strength. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has created 53 teams to tackle the fallout of the cyclone

As global warming gathers pace, intense cyclones from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are making landfall with greater frequency every year. As we must remember, 2020 was the year of cyclones. Almost exactly a year ago, cyclone Amphan formed over the Bay of Bengal and travelled at great speed towards to the Bengal coast, turning into a super cyclone in 24 hours. It was supercharged by gathering energy from the anomalously high sea surface temperatures in the Bay of Bengal. About a week after Amphan caused widespread havoc in West Bengal, cyclone Nisarga formed over the Arabian Sea and struck the Maharashtra coast as a destructive storm front. In the post-monsoon season, cyclone Nivar hit the Coromandel coast at Puducherry

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