Chapala as it headed across the Arabian Sea.
rare intense tropical cyclone has formed in the Arabian Sea and
is forecast to dump eight years of rain in about 48 hours on
typically arid regions of the Arabian Peninsula.
Chapala has already generated sustained winds of 95 knots (175
km/h), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre. It was also
producing significant wave heights of more than seven meters.
Holthaus, a US meteorologist, estimates the
storm will dump as much as eight times the
annual rainfall of coastal regions of Yemen and Oman. These regions
typically collect just 100-130 millimetres of rain a year.
Typhoon Warning CentreThe
projected path of Chapala indicates it will reach Yemen on Monday.
cyclones are an extreme rarity near the Arabian Peninsula,"
Mr Holthaus said. "Since reliable records begin in 1979,
there have been only two hurricane-strength storms to make landfall
in Oman, and the only storm to hit Yemen topped out with
winds at a paltry 35 miles per hour [56 km/h], barely tropical
Chapala is the latest in a year of extreme weather.
in South Africa earlier this week set the hottest October temperature
recorded anywhere and in any year with 48.4 degrees, according
Jeff Master of the Weather
this month, Hurricane
into the strongest tropical storm ever recorded in the western
hemisphere in just a few days.
Pacific Ocean has also seen an unusually large number of intense
tropical cyclones this year, including Cyclone Racquel, the earliest
large storm to form off Australia's north-east coast.
temperatures are also tracking well above previous levels so far
in 2015 as the powerful El Nino event in the Pacific adds to
background warming from climate change.
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