Publish: 11 May 2022, 07:44 pm
Cyclone Asani may not pose a threat to India’s east coast but in a unique phenomenon, its twin is brewing clockwise just south of the equator in the Indian Ocean, as Asani circles anti-clockwise.
Cyclone Karim emerged over the southern Indian Ocean May 8, 2022, according to The Weather Channel just as Asani began brewing over the Andaman Sea.
Karim has been classified as a category II hurricane, with a wind speed of 112 kilometres per hour (kmph). “Asani remains a Severe Cyclonic Storm over the Bay of Bengal, with wind speeds of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” the Weather Channel said.
It also noted that twin tropical cyclones spinning in opposite directions were not new. Cyclone Fane, for instance, had formed over the Bay of Bengal in 2019, while Tropical Cyclone Lorna over the southern Indian Ocean.