Cyclone brewing in Bay: Will it impact Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: With the possibility of formation of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal around May 23, cyclone-prone Odisha might witness nature’s fury yet again as weather model indicates movement of the system towards the coast of the state.

As per European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) model, the system is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and approach Odisha-West Bengal coast. The model further indicates that the system is likely to reach near the coast between Chandipur and Digha on May 26 night.

Predicted location of the system on May 26 night as per ECMWF model

On the other hand, renowned meteorologist Jason Nicholls said there is possibility of formation of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal this weekend and cyclonic storm early next week. The system might impact Northeast India, Bangladesh or Myanmar, he said.

The Regional Meteorological Centre here also forecasted that a low pressure area is likely to form over east central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around May 23.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted formation of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal with further intensification and cyclogenesis between May 21 and May 27.

“ECMWF and NCEP GFS models are indicating likely formation of a low pressure system over the Bay of Bengal during the period. NCEP GFS is showing its intensification and cyclogenesis over east central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal,” the IMD had said.

There is also a ‘Low’ probability (1% to 33%) existing for cyclogenesis over east central and adjoining northeast Bay of Bengal, the IMD added.

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