What Cyclone Tauktae tells us about Arabian Sea & why the coast is seeing more severe cyclones

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By Sandhya Ramesh

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The powerful Cyclone Tauktae (pronounced ‘tau-tay’ in Burmese) battered the coast of Gujarat Tuesday morning, unleashing a fury of rainfall and winds in the states along the west coast.The cyclone is currently classified as an ‘Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm’ and is the fifth-strongest cyclone ever in recorded history in the Arabian Sea.

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The Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal are both a part of the Indian Ocean, which extends on the west along the African coast and Madagascar upto the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf of Oman, down to the North Indian Ocean below India, along the Andaman Sea, and goes all the way to the Australian coast.

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The rising surface temperatures of the waters over the Arabian Sea is thought to be a leading factor in the increasing frequency and intensity of cyclones over it. Experts have also called for intensive monitoring of these waters for cyclones.

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