In the Middle of a Tropical Storm! #WildDiscoveries (plus, a WILD announcement)

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Wild Discoveries In My Yard - Tropical Cyclones

Have you ever gone through a cyclone? The is the first time in all these 9 and a half years, which was, unbelievably, 3-4 days back. Seriously, guys! If you’d see the coconut trees at that moment, it’s sure that they’d swoop down and break, any time. Well, thankfully they didn’t, but that was on the verge of happening. I was caught in my yard. I know, right? Yard? This place is something else!

Anyway, i was taking pictures, and suddenly, this HUGE gale force wind started. Like, out of the blue. The coconut trees were dancing, and I shouted to mamma who was wildly waving my hand toward me and calling me. “W–hat i-is ha-pp-ening?” Slowly, my feet started to lift off the ground. Mamma ran to hold me tight and she carried both Sufiana and me into the kitchen through the yard door. As we were rushing in, I felt the wind pulling me on the other direction. “Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my!” I was panting as I came in. But then, there were banging sounds all around the house and outside. Photo frames were lying on the floor, vases shattered. There were louder noises coming from the yard. Mamma said, “it seems the steel vessels are falling one by one.” (they were outside as Mamma was washing earlier and had stacked them up in a basket).

We couldn’t go out and check of course, or we’d be blown away. But, when the storm calmed and we went out to check, our jaws dropped!

Okay, are you ready? When we went out to see what had happened during the storm we saw that TWO of the windows from the first floor room had broken. The first one, had crashed down, but surprisingly the glass was intact. The second one’s glass had shattered.

Whoa, we’d been through a series of disasters! Before this window disaster struck, the previous two nights had been ferocious as well. Trees had been uprooted in our yard – a banana tree and a papaya. Sadly, the banana one had a big bunch of bananas on it that were still growing. It was all so completely out of the blue (I know i repeated it here, but everything was out of the blue! We didn’t expect any of this). Oh, and even the papaya tree had a cute little papaya growing on it.

So, the whole of last week, and this week as well, were full of work. Replacing the windows, adding new glass panes to them, getting power line fixed. Internet was gone completely. It’s still not stable at all. (that’s the reason I’ve taken longer to research on cyclone and write this blog.  To be honest, it’s hard to believe it actually happened. It was so out-of-whack – that cyclone and we all in the middle of it. And now, everything’s calm and even sunny. Yes, the rains have taken a breather for a while it seems.

So, after all this, it was only natural that my week’s Wild Discovery would be the Cyclone itself!


Banana tree up rooted because of the cyclone in our yard

See? Totally up rooted. I wish it was alive. We could’ve gotten many bananas, and it gave such a beautiful look to our yard.

Fallen papaya tree in our yard

Gosh, it’s surprising how such a strong papaya tree can fall because of the cyclone! Completely uprooted too. It’s sad to know there was a growing papaya on it as well, like the banana.

Now that you know the story, lets learn a bit about cyclones. What do you think? I promise I’ll try to make it as interesting as possible!

What is a cyclone?

  • A cyclone is a large rotating storm with huge speed winds, that form over warm waters in tropical areas.
  • Cyclones have a area of low air pressure in the center, called the eye.
  • The eye spans about 50 km’ area, and it’s calm there, so there’s no rain.

A Cyclone

 How are cyclones formed?

  • The air on the surface of the ocean is warm (because the waters are warm).
  • This warm air, starts rising up. When it rises up, it creates a vacuum/a low pressure area.
  • To fill this vacuum, cold air from the top of the sea comes down and fills the low pressure area.
  • Because the water is still warm, the cold air turns into warm air, and starts moving up.
  •  This creates a spiral effect and the warm air at the top condenses to form storm clouds.
  • This cycle continues, and the winds keeps spiraling and a eye is formed at the center of it, and this is how a cyclone is formed.
  • It’s called hurricane in the atlantic ocean/east pacific ocean. Typhoons in japan, and cyclone in India.

To know more about cyclones, click here.

Which cyclone affected us in Goa?

  • The cyclone which affected us in Goa is called a ‘Ashobaa’.
  • Monsoon this time in Goa arrived faster because of the cyclone.
  • Boosted by cyclone Ashobaa, the southwest monsoon arrived in Goa on Monday (last week) within three days of it setting over Kerala.
  • The southwest monsoon had further advanced into some more parts of the central Arabian Sea, entire Goa, some parts of south Konkan, remaining parts of coastal Karnataka and some more parts of south interior Karnataka (where my grandma lives).

Why cyclones affect the East coast of India more than the West coast?

From my research I have found that the east coast of India, experiences 7-11 cyclones every year. Where as the west coast gets only 4-7 every year.

  • Cyclones move from East to West direction, so the East Coast is visited more by cyclones.
  • The tropical cyclone that we experience in India, develop over warm tropical waters. The sea surface temperature in the East coast (Bay of Bengal) is two to three degrees Celsius warmer than the waters in the west coast (Arabian sea).
  • The tropical cyclones are attracted where there are more wet points. Wet points in the East Coasts, outnumber those in the west coast (the East coast has Godavari basin, Sundarban delta, and many such).
  • The tropical cyclones move from high pressure areas above the sea to the low pressure areas over the land. When they move from sea to land in the west coast of India, they are blocked by the massive Western ghats. The Eastern ghats are not that formidable to be able to hinder the cyclones.

For more information about this topic, click here.

Did you know?

  • Did you know that the India’s long coast line of 8.041 kilometers is exposed to nearly 10% of the worlds tropical cyclones? Shocking, right!?
  • Did you know that cyclones lose strength as they move over land?
  • Did you know that cyclones have led to the death of around 2 million people, over the last 200 years?
  • Did you know that the 1970 Bhola Cyclone that struck Bangladesh killed over 300000 people?
  • Did you know that in 2005, Hurricane Katrina killed over 1800 people in the United States and caused around $80 billion dollars worth of property damage? The city of New Orleans was hit particularly hard with levee breaches leading to around 80% of the city being flooded.
  • Did you know that as well as violent winds and heavy rain,  cyclones can also create tornadoes, high waves and widespread flooding?

This site sure has a ton of interesting facts! Click here to see the site.

Oh and, this site that i’m sharing here is just amazing! It shows a fun animated guide on cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and more. I collected a lot of my facts from there! Sure do check it out.

And, now a Wild Announcement!

How about you all joining us in our Wild Discoveries journey?! Yes, we thought it’d be so much fun to have people from all corners of the world and of all ages participating in this exploration.

If you wish to join us, my mamma has created this Facebook group (called WildDiscoveries with Tinker Earth) where we’ll submit our Wild Discovery every week. This will be a 3-months long exploration. Begins on June 29 (Monday) and ends on October 4 (Sunday).

Click here for further details, and to join.

Bye, bye folks! I am so wanting to do hundreds of more wild discoveries – with you all!

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  1. Miquela says:

    Pari, what an eventful time you and your family had. I’m glad you are all safe. I’ve been in a bit of a cyclone before when we lived in Mayotte ( – this one passed closer to Madagascar, so we only had some rain and severe wind), and it was intense, even though we weren’t in the cyclone’s path.

    Thanks for all that information about cyclones; you taught me a lot.

    • Parinita says:

      Hey Miquela,

      Oh okay, hope you also were okay during the cyclone. This was the first one for me. Have clicked on the link you’ve shared, will check it out. Thanks for sharing it with me.

      I’m glad you liked the information, keep reading. I’ve just published a new discovery; check it out.


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