Thiruvananthapuram: In 2019, it was Vayu. In 2020, nature. And in 2021, Taukte. During all these years, these strong cyclones over the Arabian Sea weakened the southwest monsoon rainfall over Kerala in June.
This time, it’s Biparjoy (pronounced ‘biparajoy’). The India Meteorological Department, in its Tuesday evening bulletin, confirmed the formation of the cyclone.
The deep depression over the Southeast and adjacent East Central Arabian Sea has moved almost northward at 4 kmph in the last six hours and has intensified into a cyclonic storm “Biparjoy”, according to the IMD bulletin. It was in its 8.30 pm bulletin that the IMD first ‘Biparjoy’ ‘ used the name.
The cyclone is now located about 920 km west-southwest of Goa, 1,050 km southwest of Mumbai and about 1,500 km west-northwest of Kerala. Meteorologists say the cyclone, driven by a very low pressure, may drag the moisture-laden southwesterlies away from the Kerala coast and further delay the onset of monsoon.
The IMD bulletin said the cyclone is likely to move northward and gradually intensify into a very severe cyclone over the east-central Arabian Sea with a maximum wind speed of 105-115 gusts of 140 kmph in the next few days. Two days. According to the IMD, the cyclone may continue till June 11.
On June 7, sea conditions are likely to be “high to very high” over the east-central Arabian Sea and adjacent west-central and southeast Arabia. “Sea conditions may be rough to very rough in South Arabian Sea, North Kerala-Karnataka-Goa coast, Lakshadweep-Maldives area,” the bulletin said.
On June 8, sea conditions over the Central Arabian Sea and adjacent South Arabia are likely to be “very high to unprecedented” and may become “extraordinary” from the evening of June 8 in the same region. But by this time it would have moved away from the Kerala coast.