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Visakhapatnam and Hills of the Eastern Ghats, India

17.6N 83.2E

April 3rd, 2011 Category: Mountains

India - April 3rd, 2011

The city of Visakhapatnam appears as a bright green area along the coast of India in this APM image. The city is nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and faces the Bay of Bengal to the east.

Visakhapatnam is a major port and the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, as well as the third largest city on the east coast of India.

Area of Low Pressure Makes Landfall Over Paradip and Kolkata, India

21.5N 87.6E

October 9th, 2010 Category: Tropical Storms

Area of Low Pressure by India - October 8th, 2010

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Track of Low Pressure Area - October 8th, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Low Pressure Area

On October 7, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) upgraded an area of low pressure to a depression, giving it the designation “BOB 02″. At that time, the depression was located approximately 180 km (110 miles) southeast of Visakhapatnam.

Later that day, the IMD reported that the system was 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Visakhapatnam. On the same day, the IMD reported that the system moved away from Visakhapatnam and maintained strength. The system was forecast to make landfall between Gopalpur and Paradip overnight, but instead, the depression made landfall over Paradip late on October 7.

On October 8, the IMD reported that the system weakened slightly. Later on that day, the IMD reported that the depression further weakened. The storm made its second landfall at Kolkata,West Bengal, India. Signal 3 cyclone alert was issued at the Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla. The Depression continued to weaken, as it moved northwest, until it was caught up in the jet stream and completely absorbed by a non-tropical storm, late on October 8.

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B) Makes Landfall, India

12.5N 78.7E

May 21st, 2010 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B) - May 20th, 2010

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B) - May 20th, 2010

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Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B), located approximately 180 nm west-southwest of Visakhapatnam, India, has tracked north-northeastward over the past six hours.

Animated infrared satellite
imagery indicates that the low level circulation center (LLCC) has tracked inland. The current intensity is consistent with a slow weakening trend.

Dvorak intensity fixes  have been suspended now that the system is over land, and there are no nearby reporting stations. The system should continue to round the western periphery of the subtropical steering ridge to the east, paralleling the eastern shoreline of India while weakening.

The track has been shifted further inland in response to the model consensus, and dissipation is now expected to occur over land prior to entering back into the Bay of Bengal. However, heavy rain is likely to occur beyond the forecast period, in the vicinity of Bangladesh, as the remnant circulation continues to pull up moisture from the deep tropics.

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B) Off East Coast of India

17.7N 83.2E

May 19th, 2010 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B) - May 18th, 2010

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B) - May 18th, 2010

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Track of TC 01B - March 20th, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TC 01B

Tropical Cyclone Laila (01B), located approximately 270 nautical miles south-southwest of Visakhapatnam, India has tracked west-northwestward at 8 knots over the past six hours.

TC 01B has continued to consolidate over the past 6 hours and has rapidly intensified over the past 24 hours (35 to 65 knots). Maximum significant wave height is 15 feet.

Animated infrared satellite imagery depicts a central dense overcast feature. A TRMM 37 ghz image shows a well-defined microwave eye feature with excellent convective banding. The current intensity is based on the high end of Dvorak estimates ranging from 45 knots to 65 knots. Animated water vapor imagery indicates good radial outflow enhanced by an upper-level trough over eastern Asia.

TC 01B is tracking along the southwestern periphery of the mid-level subtropical ridge (STR) and is forecast to turn northward to north-northeastward as the STR re-orients in response to an approaching midlatitude shortwave trough. The available numerical guidance supports this track and also indicates increasing track speeds in the extended TAUs.

Laila is expected to make landfall near TAU 36 and should weaken below 35 knots by TAU 72 as it tracks over mountainous terrain. The remnants should continue tracking northeastward into northeastern India and Bangladesh.

Tropical Cyclone 01B (Bijli) Expected to Make Landfall Near Myanmar/Bangladesh Border

April 16th, 2009 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Cyclone 01B (Bijli) - April 16th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Cyclone 01B (Bijli) - April 16th, 2009

TC 01B © JTWC

TC 01B

Tropical Cyclone 01B (Bijli), located approximately 145 nautical miles east-southeast of Visakhapatnam, India, has tracked north-northwestward at 6 knots over the last 6 hours. The intensity remains at 45 knots, and maximum significant wave height is 13 feet.

The cyclone is currently situated in-between a pair of anticyclones over Myanmar and India. The NOGAPS model fields show a weak shortwave trough moving north of the system, helping induce a turn back to the East between TAU 12 and 24.

Additionally, the anticyclone over Myanmar will build south of Bijli, further steering the cyclone to the east. TC 01B is expected to make landfall near the Bangladesh/Myanmar border prior to TAU 72.

The NOGAPS and ECMWF continue to predict similar tracks; however, GFS and EGRR continue to have a much weaker depiction of the storm and do not forecast the turn to the East.

Warm sea surface temperatures and the 200 mb anticyclone aloft favor moderate intensification to 60 knots prior to landfall.