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Cyclone Tauktae 2021 : What’s Causing Frequent Cyclones In The Arabian Sea?

Cyclone Tauktae is reportedly the biggest cyclone to hit western India in the last three decades. Courtesy: Envato

The number of cyclones in the Arabian Sea are becoming more frequent over the past few years. Cyclone Tauktae, is one recent example.

This is the first time since the start of satellite records in 1980 in India, that there have been four consecutive years of pre-monsoon cyclones in the Arabian Sea from 2018 to 2021.  

Cyclone Tauktae is reportedly the biggest cyclone to hit western India in the last three decades. 

Usually, out of five storms that would arise every year, only one would be in the Arabian Sea, while the rest would all be in the Bay of Bengal.  

In 2019, the Arabian Sea overtook the Bay of Bengal with five cyclones to three.  

Scientists attribute the increased frequency of cyclones in the Arabian Sea to man-made climate change. 

Oceans soak up more than 90 percent of the heat generated by greenhouse gases, leading to rising water temperatures. As cyclones draw their energy from warm waters, the rising temperatures are causing intense storms to become more common. 

WATCH: Cyclone Tauktae 2021 : What’s Causing Frequent Cyclones In The Arabian Sea? | Explained

 

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