- Cyclonic storm Tauktae (pronounced Tau’te) in the Arabian Sea is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by Sunday, with wind speeds expected to touch 160 kmph.
Who names Cyclones?
- The naming of cyclones are done by World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)
- 'Tauktae' word emerges from Myanmar. In the Burmese language, it means a distinctively vocal lizard.
How are cyclones named?
- World Meteorological Organisation/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Panel on Tropical Cyclones agreed in principle to assign names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea during its 27th session held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, in 2000.
- The naming of the tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean commenced from September 2004, with names provided by eight members, starting with Bangladesh, followed by India. Since then, another five countries have joined the Panel.
- The Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC), New Delhi is responsible for naming the cyclonic storms formed over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea when they reach the relevant intensity.
- Including the IMD and five Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres, there are 6 RSMCs in the world.