Cyclone Vardah Intensifies in Chennai (Download PDF)


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The severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’, the most intense to have hit the Tamil Nadu capital in two decades has made a landfall near the city. NOTAM (notice to airmen) issued after strong cyclonic winds and poor visibility hit Chennai and other parts of the state.


  • An operation at the airport was suspended.
  • Radars have shut because of the high speed winds.
  • The power supply was suspended as precautionary measure.
  • Navy, Army and Air Force are on standby to assist with evacuation and rescue.
Cyclone Vardah's movement

Cyclone Vardah's Movement

Cyclone Vardah's movement

About Cyclone Vardah

  • Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Vardah is a weakening tropical cyclone currently over South India.
  • It is the fourth cyclonic storm of the 2016 North Indian Ocean cyclone season.
  • Formed: 6 December 2016
  • Highest winds 3-minute sustained: 130 km/h (80 mph), 1-minute sustained: 140 km/h (85 mph)
  • Areas affected Thailand, Sumatra, Malaysia, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South India.

The next six available names from the List of North Indian Ocean storm names are below.

  • Roanu
  • Kyant     
  • Nada
  • Vardah (active)
  • Maarutha (unused)
  • Mora (unused)

 About Cyclone

  • It is a large-scale air mass that rotates around a strong center of low atmospheric pressure.
  • It usually characterized by inward spiraling winds that rotate.
  • All large-scale cyclones centered on low-pressure areas.
  • Cyclones also referred to as hurricanes and typhoons.
  • They consist of the eye, eyewall and rainbands.
  • Formation of the Cyclone The calmest part of a cyclone
  • Cyclone in meteorology refers to any low-pressure area with winds spiraling inwards.
  • Cyclones rotate clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Cyclone is the general term for a variety of low-pressure system types, such as tropical cyclones, extra tropical cyclones and tornadoes.
Formation of the Cyclone

Formation of the Cyclone

Formation of the Cyclone

  • Types of Cyclones

    • Tropical cyclones
    •  Polar cyclones
    • Mesocyclone
  • There are four stages that form a cyclone which include following stages

    • Formative Stage
    • Immature Cyclone
    • Mature Cyclone
    • Decay stage

- Published/Last Modified on: December 11, 2016


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