Nov 4, 2019

2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season breaks named storm days record

Saurashtra
South Gujarat
Gujarat
by
Julie Celestial
,
The Watchers
Tropical cyclones Kyarr (left) and Maha (right) on November 1, 2019. Credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS
Tropical cyclones Kyarr (left) and Maha (right) on November 1, 2019. Credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS

Tropical Cyclone "Maha" formed on October 30. It strengthened into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm on November 3 and into Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm on November 4.

On November 3, Maha reached Category 3+ hurricane equivalent, the third of the season to date, tying the year with 1999 for the most North Indian Ocean major hurricane through November 3 since records began in 1972, according to meteorologist Philip Klotzbach.

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As of November 4, the 2019 North Indian Ocean has already generated 28 named storm days, shattering the old record of 21 days through November 4 set in 1996, Klotzbach said.

The season has so far had 5 Severe Cyclonic Storms, a record high, and 2 Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storms. It had 1 Super Cyclonic Storm, also a record high, but tied with 1989, 1990, 1991, 1999 and 2007.