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Cyclone Titli: Know how and why cyclones are given specific names

The cyclones are named by various warning centers to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, watches and warnings.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 11, 2018 18:44 IST ]
Cyclone Titli makes landfall at Odisha coast

Cyclone Titli makes landfall at Odisha coast

Cyclone Titli hit the coastal regions of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Thursday morning causing severe damage in the affected areas.

Why was this cyclone named Titli?

Well, the cyclones are named by various warning centers to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, watches and warnings. 

The names are intended to reduce confusion in the event of concurrent storms in the same basin.

It's easier and less confusing to say by name than remember the storm's number or its longitude and latitude.

The process of naming cyclones only began in 2004, fours years after World Meteorological Organization agreed in principle to allow them to name cyclones originating in

Some of the Indian names of the cyclones are Leher, Megh, Sagar,Agni, Bijli, Akash, Jal and Vayu, while those suggested by Pakistan include Nilofar, Titli, Varda and Bulbul.

For the Indian Ocean region, advisement for naming cyclones began in 2000 and a formula was agreed upon in 2004. Eight countries in the region - Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand - all contributed a set of names which are assigned sequentially whenever a cyclonic storm develops.

Some of the popular names of cyclones include Helen, the name given by Bangladesh, Nanuk by Mynamar, Hudhud by Oman, Nilofar and Varda by Pakistan, Mekunu by Maldives.

The cyclone which hit Odisa and Andhra Pradesh Thursday morning was named Titli by Pakistan. 

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) maintains the database of cyclone/hurricane/typhoon names.

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