“Once we are more aware of its formation, within 48 hours, we will have more of an idea of how strong it will be and exactly if it will make landfall. The inactivity can be blamed for a La Niña pattern which formed during the summer of the year. Weather Alert – Cyclone Hikaa U.S. Embassy Muscat, Oman September 24, 2019 Based on information from the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), U.S. Embassy Muscat advises U.S. citizens that cyclone Hikaa is approximately 200 kms away from Masirah Island. This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Weather Service. This is only the fourth time ever that the typhoon season wasn't the most active season; three times (2005, 2010 and 2020) it was the Atlantic hurricane season, the fourth (and only time the most active season wasn't in the Northern Hemisphere) being the 1973 Australian cyclone season. During most of the year, sea surface temperatures were moderately below normal near the equator, and were highest around 160° E from August to October. Oquira caused little damage to any landmasses. The 2019–20 season was slightly above average, with eight tropical depressions, seven tropical storms, and three intense tropical cyclones in 2020. Once it made landfall in Central America, it caused more than 180 fatalities. The strongest storm in the basin this year was Hurricane Marie, which reached low-end Category 4 strength on the Saffir–Simpson scale and it did not impact land. Nivar was in late November and affected East India. December was moderately active featuring thirteen systems, however only six were named. Vodafone gets first-class license to become third telecommunications operator in Oman Times of Oman 14:08 5-Jan-21. Contact: Cyclone Warning Division, Office of the Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences. Despite that, Gretel and Herold formed, with the latter becoming the first major tropical cyclone of 2020. The cyclone caused 50 deaths and several damages in Oman, where the cyclone was considered the nation’s worst natural disaster. After Nisarga dissipated, there was no activity between June 4 and October 11 - one of the longest gaps in inactivity on record. It made landfall in Andhra Pradesh and caused extensive damage. Tropical Cyclone Gati: Strongest Tropical Cyclone Landfalls in Somalia. The WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) at its twenty-seventh Session held in 2000 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman agreed in principle to assign names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. August was the second most active month of the year, seeing 18 tropical cyclones forming and 15 named storms. “From experience, we know cyclones can change track,” Mr Alebri said. Adding on, Tino brought considerable damage throughout the South Pacific in the middle portion of the month, and a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone formed, named Kurumí, becoming the first of its kind to be named in January later on in the month. An average Pacific typhoon season features 26 tropical storms, 16 typhoons, and 9 super typhoons (unofficial category). The West Pacific in fact had a below average season with only 23 named storms forming. In the North Indian Ocean was a relatively average season which featured 5 named storms but became the costliest season in recorded history due to the onslaught of Cyclone Amphan in early May. Featuring only seventeen tropical storms (sixteen received names), four hurricanes, and three major hurricanes, the 2020 Pacific hurricane season was the least active season in exactly a decade. Additionally, another system designated 03U formed near the Northern Territory and made landfall shortly afterwards, enhancing rainfall over the region. Following after Higos, a series of typhoons named Bavi, Maysak, and Haishen formed, all impacting South Korea and Haishen becoming the strongest of the month as a near-Category 5 equivalent typhoon. In the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, COVID-19, travel and social distancing restrictions associated with the pandemic were lifted for those seeking safe houses and evacuation shelters during Cyclone Harold. The season had an unusually late start with the first system, Blake, forming in early January, well after the official start of the season. Not before a week after, another tropical cyclone named Burevi made a rare landfall in Sri Lanka. Additionally, the Western Pacific typhoon season produced 5 storms, three of which became tropical storms: Noul, Dolphin, and Kujira. Hurricane Sally brought devastating impacts to parts of the Southeastern United States while Hurricane Paulette made landfall in Bermuda as a Category 1 hurricane. Although the UAE is not expected to be affected directly by the storm, experts said it could play havoc with weather systems here. In mid March, Gretel entered the basin. Blake would later make landfall in northwestern Australia and soon degenerate afterwards. 6The wind speeds for this tropical cyclone are based on Météo-France which uses wind gusts. “We are on a 24/7 watch to see how the storm may develop and following any changes in direction. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the response to tropical cyclones during the year. 2019–20 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season summary map, 2020–21 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season summary map, 2019–20 Australian region cyclone season summary map, 2020–21 Australian region cyclone season summary map, 2019–20 South Pacific Ocean cyclone season summary map, 2020–21 South Pacific Ocean cyclone season summary map, Global atmospheric and hydrological conditions. Producing wind gusts to 230 km/h (140 mph), the storm was the strongest cyclone on record to hit the Arabian Peninsula until Cyclone Gonu hit in 2007. The "strength" of a tropical cyclone is measured by the minimum barometric pressure, not wind speed. Iota was also the most intense hurricane of the season with a minimum central pressure of 917 mbar. Many records were broken throughout the season, including the extreme rate of tropical cyclone formations, the second time on record that the Greek naming system for named storms was used, and the strength of the storms which formed in the months of October and November. The other half, 2020 began with the arrival of Tropical Depression 01F on November 22, near the Solomon Islands, which would later become Tropical Cyclone Rita. Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, sea surface temperatures were near normal in the early parts of the year. During the year, 142 tropical cyclones formed in bodies of water known as tropical cyclone basins. The month of May was marginally active with eight tropical cyclones developing and six of those being named. During December 8, the FMS reported that Tropical Disturbance 01F had developed, while it was located about 145 km (90 mi) to the northeast of Apia in Samoa. On January 24, a depression formed and dissipated the next day without been named. Sarai formed on December 23, lasting into the new year before finally ceasing to exist on January 2. Along with the system another low formed off the coast of Kimberley Region. In the Australian region, two tropical lows formed in and both impacted the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, one reaching near Category 1 tropical cyclone strength according to Australian scale. Muscat: The total number of nature reserves in the Sultanate has exceeded 15 in the year 2020, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI),... 6 hours ago. The Eastern Pacific was very quiet, only featuring Norbert while the Western Pacific was active featuring numerous tropical systems which also led to severe floods in Vietnam, including Saudel, Molave, and Goni. The basin remained quiet until, on November, 30 a tropical low crossed over from the Australian region. The season produced thirty-one tropical cyclones, of which thirty developed into named storms; thirteen became hurricanes, and six attained major hurricane status.  In September, NOAA confirmed that the environment shifted to a La Niña pattern, based on lower than normal water temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator. It hit Christmas Island and dissipated quickly after making landfall in Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Blake subsequently became the first named storm of the year and made two landfalls in the Kimberley Region, bringing heavy rainfall throughout the region.