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Cyclone Freddy

Cyclone Freddy:

World Meteorological Organisation recently announced the constitution of an expert committee to evaluate the intensity and lifespan of Cyclone Freddy, which is on track to set a record as the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record.

  • It originated off the northern coast of Australia and became a named storm on February 6, 2022.
  • It crossed the entire South Indian Oceanand traveled more than 8,000 kilometers, affecting Mauritius and La Réunion, before making landfalls in Madagascar two weeks later and then Mozambique.
  • Freddy was the first tropical cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere to undergo six separate rounds of rapid intensification.
  • It also holds the record for all-time accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) (storm strength during its lifetime) for the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Freddy is fuelled by the energy provided by the warm ocean surface, consistently sourcing heat and moisture throughout its lifetime.