Cyclone Nisarga | Analysing the Arabian Sea Storms

After Amphan causing widespread damage in the Eastern parts of India, the Indian Meteorological department has now issued warnings for the South Gujarat coast and Northern Maharashtra regarding the possibility of a cyclone Nisarga. As the cyclones are wreaking havoc in various parts of India almost every year consistently, it is pertinent to understand the phenomenon clearly. This article is thus an attempt to communicate to our readers about what a cyclone actually is, the various trends of cyclones in India and an analysis of whether global warming is contributing to cyclones or not.

The author is Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) Former DG, IMD, New Delhi. Dr Tyagi served as Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Meteorology) and Principal Director (Information Technology) in the Indian Air force. Dr Tyagi is also a G’nY Editorial Board Member.