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Is the Arabian Sea becoming cyclone-friendly? Don’t you think in recent years, strong cyclones have been developing in the Arabian Sea more frequently than earlier? Explain.

Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1. Is the Arabian Sea becoming cyclone-friendly? Don’t you think in recent years, strong cyclones have been developing in the Arabian Sea more frequently than earlier? Explain. (250 words)

Reference:  Financial Express

Why the question:

Cyclone Tauktae (pronounced Tau-Te), classified as a very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS) and developed in the Arabian Sea, is wreaking havoc all across the Indian Coast. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss why in recent years, strong cyclones have been developing in the Arabian Sea more frequently than earlier.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with brief description of how in recent years, strong cyclones have been developing in the Arabian Sea more frequently than earlier.

Body:

Typically, tropical cyclones in the North Indian Ocean region (the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea) develop during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon (October to December) periods.

May-June and October-November are known to produce cyclones of severe intensity that affect the Indian coasts.

Discuss the reasons – In the Arabian Sea, cyclones typically develop over the Lakshadweep area and largely traverse westwards, or away from India’s west coast. However, in recent years, meteorologists have observed that the Arabian Sea, too, has been warming. This is a phenomenon associated with global warming.

Substantiate your answer with suitable facts.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.