role of technology in stopping fani cyclone
Fani is not the first cyclone to leave governments and scientists perplexed. Last October, two very severe cyclones—Titli and Luban—had also behaved unconventionally on either side of the Indian mainland. Referring to them as the “rarest of rare” occurrences, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the movements of both these storms were unique.
While Titli made an unexpected shift in its direction (recurvature) towards the northeast after hitting the coast of Odisha on October 11, Luban made multiple recurvatures for nine days as it travelled through the south-eastern Arabian Sea on the Gulf coast before making landfall in Yemen on October 14.
Besides changing tracks, Luban saw rapid intensification and weakening over the sea while Titli saw rapid intensi fication, which means its wind speed increased by over 55 kilometres per hour within 24 hours. IMD could not predict it accurately even two days before the cyclone was to hit the coast and missed the landfall point of Titli by 27 km.