Odisha Sun Times Weather Bureau
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Oct 6:
The low-pressure area formed over Andaman Sea today is intensifying and going by weather models, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has indicated that there is every possibility that it would take the shape of a cyclonic storm.
If and when that happens, it will be named ‘Hudhud’, after an elegant Afro-eurasian bird, also known as the hoopoe.
The period of monsoon transition from southwest to northeast in October is otherwise even known to create ideal conditions for cyclones to take shape in the Bay of Bengal.
While the low pressure announces the arrival of the northeast monsoon, the withdrawal process of the southwest monsoon has begun. Both are expected to happen simultaneously, given the build-up of conditions over the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
” Profile of wind pattern projected by the Met shows the ‘low’ spinning up and prospering in an environment of easterly flows from the Gulf of Thailand into the southeast Bay. It has joined peer international models to project the formation of a tropical cyclone (to be called ‘Hudhud’), the first of the season, which may approach the Andhra Pradesh coast by October 12,” a report in the hindubusinessline.com said.
“The build-up is similar to that of Super Cyclone Phailin that hit the same coast last year and tracked the same direction after having taken birth in the same location. But the storm is not likely to grow to as much strength, according to the international models. A couple of them are of the view that a severe cyclonic storm could be expected this time round, the report said, adding, “The European Centre for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts said it is likely that the storm could grow into a cyclone of minimal strength only.”
India Met Department, however, is inclined to project a system of significant strength, a reading based on today’s meteorological parameters which keep changing on a daily basis.
When the current weather condition is transformed, if at all, into a cyclonic storm it will be named Hudhud.
Hudhud is the local name for the hoopoe, the national bird of Israel.
The hudhud or hoopoe is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive “crown” of feathers.
The irony, of course, is that the storm will have little in common with this beautiful bird.