Cyclone Yas: How cyclones get their names: What does ‘Yas’ mean

Severe Cyclonic Storm Yas is a tropical cyclone currently strengthening in the Bay of Bengal. It will hit the eastern coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal on May 25. Why and how are tropical cyclones named?

Tropical cyclones are named so that each of them can be identified separately and people will not be confused if there are more.

The names of cyclones have different meanings. These names have been carefully chosen. The last cyclone in the Arabian Sea was named Tukte by Myanmar which means lizard. Similarly Cyclone Yas is given by Oman and it refers to a tree.

Tropical cyclones that form over different ocean basins are named by the respective RSMC (Regional Specific Meteorological Center for Tropical Cyclones) and TCWC. For the North Indian Ocean including the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, RSMC, New Delhi assigns names to tropical cyclones following a standard procedure.

The WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) at its twenty-seventh session held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in 2000, agreed in principle to name tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.

The naming of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean began in September 2004. The list included names proposed by Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. When sending their suggestions, countries follow certain rules such as: The proposed name must be neutral to politics and political figures, religious beliefs, culture and gender.

The maximum length of a name will be eight characters. The proposed name should be provided with its pronunciation and voice. The same name cannot be given to another cyclone.

Source: The Economic Times

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