Nov 8, 2015

Déjà Vu: Category 3 Megh slams Yemen island

Socotra
Yemen
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
MODIS image of the eye of Tropical Cyclone Megh making landfall on Yemen's Socotra Island on November 8, 2015. At the time, Megh was a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.
MODIS image of the eye of Tropical Cyclone Megh making landfall on Yemen's Socotra Island on November 8, 2015. At the time, Megh was a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

Megh is the second major Category 3 or stronger tropical cyclone to affect Yemen this month. Just a week ago, Tropical Cyclone Chapala took advantage of the the warmest waters ever recorded in the Arabian Sea at this time of year to intensify into a top-end Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds...According to NOAA's Historical Hurricanes tool, prior to this year, there had only been five major Category 3 or stronger tropical cyclones recorded in the Arabian Sea since accurate satellite records began in 1990, and an additional Category 3 storm that occurred in 1977. Thus, two major hurricanes in one month in the Arabian Sea is a remarkable occurrence.