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Cyclonic Storm Mahasen (01B) Forecast to Maintain Intensity

14.1N 82.9E

May 15th, 2013 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) – May 13th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Mahasen  (01B) - May 14th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 01B

Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) is located near latitude 17.0°N and longitude 87.5°E, about 850 km (530 mi) northwest of Portblair, 600 km (370 mi) south-southwest of Kolkata, 380 km (240 mi) southeast of Paradip and 750 km (470 mi) southwest of Chittagong.

The storm is forecast to maintain intensity and move northeastwards and cross the Bangladesh coast close to Chittagong by late hours of 16 May. Sustained maximum surface wind speed is estimated at 45 knots, gusting to 55 knots. Estimated minimum central pressure is at 990 hPa. Dvorak intensity of the storm is at T3.0.

Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) Moving Closer to Bangladesh

14.2N 84.3E

May 15th, 2013 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) – May 14th, 2013

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Track of Tropical Storm Mahasen  (01B) - May 14th, 2013 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 01B

As of 1730 IST (1200 UTC), May 14 2013,  Tropical Storm Mahasen (01B) was located near latitude 14.5°N and longitude 86°E, about 850 km northwest of Port Blair, 460 km southeast of Visakhapatnam, 650 km south-southeast of Paradip and 1060 km southwest of Chittagong.

The storm is forecast to maintain intensity and move northeastwards and cross the Bangladesh coast close to Chittagong by late hours of 16 May. Sustained maximum surface wind speed is estimated at 75 km/h (45 mph), gusting to 95 km/h (60 mph). Estimated minimum central pressure is at 996 hPa.

Sundarbans and Ganges Delta Sediments, Bangladesh and India – February 28th, 2013

22.0N 89.0E

February 28th, 2013 Category: Wetlands

Bangladesh – February 26th, 2013

The Sundarbans, visible here as a dark green area by the coast, surrounded by sediments, are the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. They cover parts of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, in the Ganges delta. The Sundarbans comprise a network of 108 swampy, low-lying islands. The region’s low elevation above sea-level and proximity to the coast make it particularly vulnerable to climate change, particularly to an increase in cyclones.

Haze Over Bangladesh; Clear Skies Over Myanmar

21.4N 93.4E

February 12th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Rivers, Sediments

Bangladesh and Myanmar – January 27th, 2013

Haze hangs over southern Bangladesh and the mouths of the Ganges Rivers, along the Bay of Bengal. Mountains prevent the haze, which was likely caused by a mixture of smoke from agricultural fires and pollutants in India and Bangladesh, from spreading further eastward into Myanmar. The skies over the mountainous Chin state, near the border, are completely clear. Also, in contrast to the veiled view of the mouths of the Ganges, the Gulf of Martaban and mouths of the Ayeyarwaddy River, in Myanmar, can be seen with great clarity.

Haze Still Hovering Over Bangladesh and India

23.8N 89.1E

January 26th, 2013 Category: Clouds

Bangladesh – January 21st, 2013

Haze, which may be caused by factors ranging from smoke to dust to pollutants, continues to hover over northeastern India and Bangladesh. While from above the haze looks like a thin veil, on the ground it can lead to low visibility and scant sunshine. Worse, it can cause severe health issues, particularly for children, the elderly and people with respiratory illnesses. An Indian non-profit organization has estimated that more than 3,000 premature deaths occur annually due to air pollution-related diseases, and also suggested that if air polution goes unchecked, it could severely harm the quality of life in large cities such as New Delhi by the end of the decade.