Cyclonic Storm “Biporjoy” intensifies in the Arabian Sea, posing significant risks and uncertainties for the affected regions.
- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reports the storm’s rapid development, expecting it to strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm with winds reaching 115-125 kmph and gusts of 140 kmph on June 8, 2023.
- The name ‘Biparjoy’ meaning calamity or disaster was given by Bangladesh.
- The formation of Cyclone “Biporjoy” in June is unusual, and the increasing sea surface temperatures in the Arabian Sea, attributed to climate change, play a significant role. These higher temperatures, reaching 30-32 degrees Celsius, favour the intensification of cyclones.
- The cyclonic system also poses a threat to the southwest monsoon in India, hindering its arrival and progression.
- By diverting moisture away from India, the storm could further delay the monsoon onset.
- Climate scientists point out the potential influence of long-term Indian Ocean warming and the developing El Nino, both of which can weaken the monsoon.