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A cyclone and thoughts on climate change


From November 29th onwards we in Kerala have been facing the wrath of Cyclone Ockhi. It affected almost the entire stretch of Kerala coast. When I say entire coastal stretch, it would also mean entire Kerala as we have a coastal stretch covering the entire length of land in the Western side. The current experience of a storm organizing into a cyclone of this much magnitude can be seen nowhere in the recent history of Kerala. Now I recollect some five year old scientific readings, which suggested, from 2014 onwards cyclones would appear in regions on Earth for which cyclonic activities were unfamiliar till then. Do climate and lives change drastically?

I think,the genesis of Ockhi is also an indication on how things are being interconnected. The remnant energy of Tropical Storm Kirogi led to the formation of a new low-pressure area over the Gulf of Thailand. Then it moved into Bay of Bengal and slowly drifted westward. On November 29, the storm organized into a depression just off the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, and shortly after took the shape of a Tropical Cyclone.

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