23 May 2023

Weather: Typhoon 'Mawar' Forms In Pacific Ocean, Heads For Philippines; How it Will Impact Monsoon In India

NEW DELHI: A powerful storm has now formed over the West Pacific Ocean. As predicted earlier, Typhoon Mawar has evolved over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. A strong and powerful storm, Mawar is packed with a wind speed of over 150 kmh and increasing further.

According to Skymet Weather, the typhoon is sailing over the open waters. Plenty of deep ocean heat content will take the storm very close to a super typhoon before reaching the Philippines. Cat-5 equivalent super typhoons have wind speeds >/= 252 kmh.

Mawar is expected to reach Philippines by 27-28 May

Typhoon Mawar is expected to reach the outskirts of the Philippines by 27-28 May 2023. After moving across the northern parts of the Philippines, the typhoon may enter the South China Sea.

Such strong storms impact the wind pattern over hundreds and thousands of kilometers. The strong pull of winds of these storms invariably depletes moisture over India.

Depleting of moisture weakens monsoon stream

Monsoon in India largely depends on low-level moisture transport from the Indian Ocean towards the Indian landmass. The  depleting of moisture, in turn, weakens the monsoon stream. The timing of Typhoon Mawar over the Philippines and the South China Sea is nearly coinciding with the normal dates of the southwest monsoon reaching the mainland. Super typhoons are known to delay or weaken the onset conditions over the Indian subcontinent.

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