Cyclone Biparjoy becomes cyclone with longest lifespan in Arabian Sea
Cyclone Biparjoy, which formed over the southeast Arabian Sea on June 6 at 5:30 am, has now set a new record for the longest duration of a cyclone in the Arabian Sea. As of June 15, the cyclone has been active for approximately 10 days. The previous record was held by Cyclone Kyarr in 2019, which lasted for 9 days and 15 hours. Cyclone Kyarr originated in the east-central Arabian Sea, underwent multiple recurvatures, and eventually weakened in the southwest Arabian Sea.
Similarly, in 2018, the very severe cyclonic storm Gaja formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal and persisted for 9 days and 15 hours. It traversed the southern peninsular region, moved into the Arabian Sea, and subsequently weakened there, as reported by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) via PTI news agency.
Prior to 2023, only two cyclones had crossed the Gujarat coast in June. One was a severe cyclone in 1996 while the other was an extremely severe cyclonic storm in 1998. According to meteorologists, Cyclone Biparjoy underwent rapid intensification in the initial days and has sustained its strength due to an unusually warm Arabian Sea.