View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Cyclone Gonu: Another Record for the UAE?

Cyclone Gonu is the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Arabian Sea.

It is packing a punch in Oman; we are yet to see how strong it will be when it has fully arrived in UAE waters.

But as the United Arab Emirates is into collecting world records, we may as well chalk this one up and remember this fact for the next Trivia Night competition.

By the way, if the question is asked, ‘What is a tropical cyclone?’ the Wikipedia answer is: ‘A meteorological term for a storm system, characterized by a low pressure centre with thunderstorms producing strong wind and flooding rain. Check out Wikipedia for a longer answer.

Geoff Pound

Image: Cyclone Gonu image, thanks to NASA, taken on 4 June 2007.