Another Low Pressure over Bay of Bengal in 12 hrs; Cyclone Gulab to re-intensify!

Bhubaneswar: A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over Bay of Bengal in the next 12 hours. On the other hand, remnant of Cyclone Gulab is likely to re-intensify over Arabian Sea, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its morning bulletin today.

“The cyclonic circulation over East Central & adjoining Northeast Bay of Bengal off Myanmar coast now lies over Northeast & adjoining East Central Bay of Bengal extending upto mid-tropospheric levels. Under its influence, a Low Pressure Area is likely to form over Northwest Bay of Bengal off West Bengal & adjoining Bangladesh coasts during next 12 hours,” the bulletin said.

“On the other hand, the Depression (remnant of Cyclone Gulab) over Telangana and adjoining areas of Marathwada & Vidarbha is likely to weaken into a Well Marked Low Pressure Area during next 06 hours. The system is likely to emerge into northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Gujarat coast around 30th September evening and there is likelihood for the system to further intensify over northeast Arabian Sea during the subsequent 24 hours,” the bulletin added.

The situation where a single system in the Northern Indian Ocean can create two cyclones is not unprecedented.

The IMD records show that the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS) Gaja in November 2018 over the Bay of Bengal had crossed over Tamil Nadu coast as VSCS on November 15, 2018; weakened into a Depression over land and re-emerged as a Depression over South-East Arabian Sea on November 16, 2018 and then re-intensified into a Deep Depression over Arabian Sea on November 17, 2018 to become a well-marked LPA (WML) over the south-eastern Arabian Sea on November 19 that year.

“In case of re-intensification of the remnant, a new name is given to the system, IMD said.

While it is not rare to have cyclones or cyclonic storms in September — India has two seasons for cyclones, pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (October to December) — it is not even that common, a scientist of the IMD said.

(With IANS inputs)

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