Low pressure in the Arabian Sea initially concentrated into a depression and then transformed into a cyclone called 'Cyclone Tauktae' in India. It was the first cyclone in 2021 and massively affected the west coast of India.
Out of five cyclones that occur each year, four are usually formed on the Bay of Bengal as it is warmer than the Arabian Sea.
Warmer temperatures lead to heavy rain, active convection, and heavy cyclone activity. However, the waters of the Arabian Sea are also warming, providing abundant energy that can intensify tropical cyclones. Cyclone Tauktae is the result of the same process that brought a low-pressure system to the warm waters of the Arabian Sea (about 50 meters deep) and formed the cyclone through several stages of strengthening.
Facts about Cyclone Tauktae
- Formed over the Arabian Sea.
- After the 2019 Cyclone and Cyclone Nisarga in 2020, Cyclone Taukate has been the closest cyclone to the west coast of India.
- In India, tropical cyclones occurred in 2021 for four consecutive years, and cyclones have been observed to develop over the Arabian Sea in the pre-monsoon season.
- The coastal regions of India in the following states are affected by tropical cyclones in India:
- Tamil Nadu
Cyclone Tauktae - State Preparation
The IMD or The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is an Indian agency responsible for monitoring the development of tropical cyclones and providing additional information and advice to the Meteorological Department in and around the country. In the case of Cyclone Tauktae, the IMD released substantial information and set alerts to avoid serious impact.
The IMD released the following information about the cyclone:
- The coastal areas of Mumbai, the South East region of Diu, and the South West region of Veraval in Gujarat would be affected.
- By Monday evening (May 17th), the cyclone would reach the Gujarat coast and cross Porbandar and Mahuva at 155-165 km/h.
- The severe cyclone over Saurashtra in Gujarat gradually weakened and became a storming cyclone.
- At least 21 people were killed, and 96 went missing after Cyclone Tauktae crashed into western India.
What Does Cyclone Tauktae Mean?
Cyclone Tauktae (pronounced Tau'tae) is named after the Gecko, which is a lizard with a voice in the Burmese dialect of Myanmar, the neighboring country of India.
How is a Cyclone Named?
Global organizations such as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) name cyclones and hurricanes. In addition, the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Center also create cyclone names.
The IMD is one of six RSMCs worldwide whose mission is to name tropical cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean. The WMO and UNESCAP include India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Oman and included Iran, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Yemen until 2018.
FAQs on Cyclone Tauktae
Q1. What was the nature of Cyclone Tauktae?
Cyclone Tauktae was a tropical cyclone that was classified as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm (ESCS) and Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (VSCS).
Q2. Which country suggested the name Cyclone "Tauktae"?
The name was suggested by Myanmar.
Q3.What are the impacts of cyclone Tauktae?
Cyclone Tauktae in 2021 affected the west coast region of India very Badly that Spoiled many People's Life.
Q4. What category is cyclone Tauktae?
Cyclone Tauktae comes under Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm (IMD) and Category 4 Hurricane (SSHWS)