The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday published a detailed list of names of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean, also counting the Bay of Bengal & the Indian Ocean.
There are 6 Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres (RSMCs) and 5 regional Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs) which publish bulletin & names of tropical cyclones all over the world.
The India Meteorological Department is one of the 6 Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres to provide tropical cyclone and storm surge bulletin to 13 member nations, which include Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, the UAE, Iran, and Yemen.
The list issued by the India Meteorological Department includes names of 13 cyclones each for the 13 member countries, totaling to 169. The names for India issued by IMD comprise Gati, Tej, Murasu, Prabhanjan, Aag, Vyom, Jhar, Neer, Ghurni, Ambud, Jaladhi Probaho, and, Vega.
Some of the names for Bangladesh issued by IMD includes Nisarga, Biparjoy, Arnab, and Upakul.
Mrutunjay Mohapatra, The director-general of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said in 2018, a new panel was set up to coordinate and decide names for future cyclones.
Mrutunjay Mohapatra said since the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the north Indian Ocean see 5 cyclones a year, the issued list by IMD could last for the next 25 years.
The Director-general of IMD said the process of naming the cyclone, was started in 2004. This process helps the disaster managers, media, and general masses identify each individual cyclone, and to create awareness of its development.
Tropical cyclones forming over different ocean basins are named by the concerned Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres; Regional Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres. For the north Indian Ocean, including the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres, New Delhi, issues the name to tropical cyclones following a standard method.