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Tropical system in Arabian Sea may turn into depression


The Sultanate of Oman will be bracing for another round of tropical depression which is likely to form in the Arabian Sea, though no direct impact is expected this week.

In a statement, Oman Meteorology said, "Satellite images show the presence of cumulus clouds in the north of the Arabian Sea, and monitoring of tropical system near the western coasts of India, with the possibility of it developing into a tropical depression during the next two days."

Masoud bin Saeed al Kindi, a meteorologist, said, "The specialists are constantly following developments in the Arabian Sea, and in the event of any tropical depression forming, necessary reports and alerts will be issued by the center."

He added, "In the event, any tropical depression takes shape, with probable impacts on Oman, then the CAA’s centre will issue the necessary reports alerts.”

Currently, skies are cloudy to partly cloudy along coastal areas and in Dhofar, with chances of sporadic rains over the next two days, said Al Kindi.

Al Kindi underscored the significance of the CAA warning that legal action will be taken against anyone who sends or circulates weather-related alerts or warnings of weather impacts on Oman other than the statements issued by the CAA. He advised all to take information about the weather from their official sources. This, he said, will help all receive accurate information instead of depending on rumors.

Areas around the Al Hajar Mountains have been getting maximum rainfall in the country, according to figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.

According to recent reports by regional meteorology centers, there has been an increase in the frequency of cyclones forming over the North Indian Ocean. The Arabian Sea, which used to have on average 1-2 cyclones per season, has seen an increase of over 52 percent in the cyclone frequency.

The 2019 season was classified as one of the most active cyclone seasons that broke several records. Of the eight cyclones that occurred, five alone formed over the Arabian Sea.

The 2021 season saw a relatively uncommon phenomenon where remnants of Cyclonic Storm 'Gulab' in the Bay of Bengal gave rise to severe cyclonic storm 'Shaheen' on the opposite coast in the Arabian Sea.


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