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Rare phenomenon: Cyclone Gulab turns into Cyclone ‘Shaheen’ in the Arabian sea

September 2021, became one of the rainiest months of the year as the remnants of Cyclone Gulab that developed over the Bay of Bengal traveled across to the Indian peninsular to intensify into a new cyclone named ‘Shaheen’.

Cyclone Gulab originated as a depression in the Bay of Bengal that hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on 26th September. It resulted in heavy downpours across central India, especially in the states of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. After weakening it again morphed into another cyclone Shaheen.

After Tauktae and Yaas, It is the third cyclone to hit the mainland this year. The cyclone weakened while moving towards the western coast. It received moisture from the monsoon winds and reached the Arabian sea. It then intensified into a deep depression eventually turning into another cyclone. Thus the weather system by providing enough supply of moisture fostered this rare episode.

New Cyclone Shaheen may bring heavy rainfall

cyclone Gulab transforms into cyclone Shaheen
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Fortunately, the storm does not pose a severe threat to India now. Only strong winds and torrential downpours are expected. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it will lead to widespread rainfall in the region of Saurashtra and the Kutch region. Particularly in Daman, Diu, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli, and north Konkan in Maharashtra. Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, and Jamnagar in Gujarat.

IMD anticipated light to moderate rainfall in most regions, fishermen, and Ships are warned not to advance in the Gulf of  Khambhat and northern Maharashtra.

The latest forecast indicate Cyclone’s exit path.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, It is currently moving west-northwestwards towards the north Arabian sea traversing along the coast of Pakistan and it is likely to weaken in the Gulf of Oman.

This unusual instance is intriguing because the intensity of most cyclones in the region diminishes after landfall. however, due to the active monsoon season, Gulab got enough moisture to stay alive through the breadth of the country and reappeared as Shaheen.

Climate change has intensified the occurrence of extreme cyclones. Increasing temperature conditions both over land and sea warm the air above them. Hence moisture-laden severe Cyclones will occur frequently in the near future.

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