Super Cyclone Phet heading into Oman now

According to JTWC, Phet is heading directly towards Oman. A weaker system will reemerge into the Arabian Sea, but it has not much potential to intensify.

Meanwhile there has been heavy rains in the state of Karnataka. Narayanpura (Gulburga dt) 10 cm, Nalwatwad (Bijapur dt) 9m, Hungund (Bagalkote dt) 8 cm and Kakkeri (Gulburga dt) 7 cm.

86 thoughts on “Super Cyclone Phet heading into Oman now

  1. The Weather System over Arabian Sea
    Warning no. 2

    Latest Satellite images and numerical weather prediction charts indicate the tropical cyclone PHET over Arabian Sea has intensified and moved farther towards Omani coasts. Its center at 1800 local located near latitude 18.5 degrees North and longitude 59.5 degrees east. PHET is around 220 km away from Masirah Island with the nearest mass of the convective clouds around 100 km away. Maximum sustained wind speed around the centre are estimated to be around 165 km/h. PHET is expected to continue its movement into a Northwesterly direction towards Sharqiya coast in the next 24 hours with 10 km/h associated with heavy thunder shower accompany with strong winds. Muscat Governate and Aldhakhlia region might be affected by the convective cloud.
    People in the affected areas are to take precautions on the low lands from flowing Wadies because of the heavy rain and Fishermen are also advised to be precautious as seas are expected to be rough along the Sultanate’s coastal areas especially the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea as wave heights may reach up to 8 metres. Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN) will continue watching the weather situation and give updates accordingly.

  2. Weatherunderground predictions for Oman:

    Musat – 105 mm, max wind 43 km/hr
    Masirah – 202 mm, max wind 82 km/hr
    Bahla – 186 mm, max wind 32 km/hr
    Saiq – 206 mm, max wind 30 km/hr
    Samail – 105 mm, max wind 32 km/hr

    rains expected to begin by today

  3. Hi Jon,

    What does the weather forecast predict for Chennai tomorrow? Rains or yet another sultry and hot day?

  4. Thanks Jon for the update. Let’s wait for rains in Chennai and a drop in temperature. The heat is unbearable today. Mercury has already gone past the 34 degree mark today!!!

  5. Baroda; Partly cloudy, with passing clouds from South West. Drizzling yes’day morning / afternoon. But no rain since yesterday evening.

  6. Chennai will have to wait for another week at least for the tstorm…first let the SWM set in over chennai..the line passes till only nagapatnam now..ater SWM sets well into rayalaseema n coastal andhra, then only chennai can see some continuous thunderstorm activity..last year the first SWM rains was on june 21.!

  7. Yesterdays rains in Bangalore suburbs was the highest in the year… whitefield upto krishnarajapuram was under more than a foot of water.. not a single drop near koramangala.. not sure about city centre.. Monsoon to arrive in bangalore tomorrow or day after… it has rained for the last 2 days consecutively.. and rain looking more like monsoon rain and less like thundershowers.. will become less isolated and rain at most places in the next 2 days and IMD will be able to declare onset of monsoon over bangalore.. huge monsoon clouds over coastal karnataka and goa

  8. wunderground and a few more sites showing weakening of phet from tonight and then into oman and muscat.. no recurve.. IMD and JTWC the only one’s still following the same path and saying it will strengthen..

  9. actually IMD has also changed its outlook… saying it is showing signs of weakening and would cross oman and then re emerge and hit pakistan as a DD

  10. hmmm… i guess it wasn’t that heavy there, was it? U should have come to whitefield and taken out the pics..

  11. thundershowers expected in bangalore today & tomorrow as well.. only goin to get heavier until the 8th of June… then there would be a period of decreased activity for a week or 2 until the monsoon progresses further.. normal rainfall from last week of June onwards..

  12. @Martin I am new to Bangalore.. I have seen Bangalore cloudy during the day only at the time of NEM and now recently becos of Laila.. During SWM wont it be cloudy at all during day time?

  13. BOB branch of monsoon moving really quickly.. looks like monsoon will arrive in patna before it reaches bangalore

  14. this is still pre monsoon time karthik and also the monsoon has stopped in its tracks for the last 3 days.. which is why it is still hot & sunny till 3 or 4 in the evenin..

    After the monsoon arrives it would be mostly cloudy.. not overcast.. You would find huge, fast moving cloud masses in the sky.. with brief periods of sunlight & moderate winds until about 3 or 4 in the evening after which it would become completely overcast & probably rain as well..

    I would suggest you keep your camera handy over the next 3 – 4 days when the first monsoon rains arrive.. its a really beautiful sight with the dark blue – black huge clouds that you can see moving & circulating and dancing with the winds followed by the last and strongest squall of the year (as pressure drops really low & surface winds rise to meet upper SW winds) before it starts raining..

    Again, if there is a lull in the monsoon like it has stopped now.. U wouldn’t find much clouds in the sky..

  15. not to forget the start of the thunder season.. the months of June & July are known for their really loud continuous thunder bursts that last throughout the night.. You will know what i’m talkin about in a few days from now.. If you are new to bangalore.. good luck trying to sleep

  16. kea..

    WErs ur temp recording intrument…and do u cover it with a ventilated cardboard???…i hav a radio cum temo display intrument ere…wich i kept in shade without a cardboard cover n it says the temp is 43c!!!!!…in rooms it varied betwwenn 31-33!!!

  17. Take a look at the background picture on the south west monsoon 2010 page of IMD.. thats the way it would look.. a little darker than that & all sorts of movements.. amazing to look at live..

  18. I am really saddened by the fact that bangalore has changed so much.. In the past, a couple of rains/hailstorms in the beginning of may were enough to bring down the temperature from then on(even though the temperatures hardly went above 34).. but now even after a whole month of rainfall and 3 days in June it is still as hot & sultry as it has ever been in Bangalore’s history.. 😦

  19. Foreign weather forecasters also predict the cyclone will continue to strengthen before hitting Indian and Pakistani coastlines by the end of the week

  20. Just for your information.. dont get intimidated by over hype about North eastern states and Kerala…
    The three wettest meteorological subdivisions are as follows:

    1. Coastal Karnataka
    2.Konkan And Goa
    3.Kerala

    but further if we dig in.. ghats areas of South interior Karnataka and Ghat areas of Madhya maharashtra are the rainiest regions of country/world

  21. 8:30 observation & warning of Oman government

    Heavy rainfall has started to fall over some parts of Al-Sharqiya region. Latest Satellite images and numerical weather prediction charts indicate the tropical cyclone PHET over west Arabian Sea has moved further towards North West direction.

    It’s centre is currently located near latitude 18.54 degrees North and longitude 59.4 degrees east. PHET is around 180 km away from Masirah Island. Maximum sustained wind speed around the centre is estimated to be around 180 km/h and by which it is classified as Category 3.

    PHET is expected to continue its movement into a Northwesterly direction towards A’Sharqiya and AlWasta coastal areas in the next 24 hours with 08 km/h associated with heavy thunder shower accompany with strong winds. Regions of, AlDhakhlia and AlBhatinah and Muscat Governate are expected to be affected by the convective cloud between Thursday afternoon until Saturday.

    People in the affected areas are to take precautions on the low lands from flowing Wadis because of the heavy rain and Fishermen are also advised to be precautious as seas are expected to be rough along the Sultanate’s coastal areas especially the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea as wave heights may reach up to 8 metres.

    Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN) will continue watching the weather situation and give updates accordingly.

  22. no emergency measures in Oman…. only asking people in the low lands to take precautions. no evacuation.. nothing…

  23. they’re not asking people to be careful of high winds, flooding, nothing… Fishermen still allowed to go to sea… only asking them to be precautious.. the only other precaution is for people in low lands to take precaution to flowing wadis(a wadi is a dry streambed or valley which floods during heavy rains)

  24. Martin,

    Blame it on the cutting down of the trees. When I was in Bangalore I was shocked to see the huge trees knocked down for road expanion.

    It reminds me of Chennai in the 80’s.

  25. I agree kea… Can actually feel the difference the moment you go close to a place with a few big trees around..

  26. Phet is 160 km/hr awy from Masirah.

    Masirah is already experiencing heavy rains and winds upto 70 km/hr.
    Phet is now a Category 3 storm and the max wind around the center is 180 km./hr
    The cyclone is expected to enter the land from the area between Adoqum and Masirah.

    I guess Phet would have caused massive destruction to the Indian coast. Oil rich Oman is too develped to care about cyclones.

  27. During the summer months of March, April and May, thunderstorm activity is at its peak over many parts of India. If conditions are favourable, cumulonimbus clouds form in the afternoons and quickly grow to great heights. They produce heavy downpours, accompanied by thunder, lightning, sometimes hail, and strong gusts of wind.

    the onset of the southwest monsoon is heralded by violent thundershowers, But once the monsoon has been firmly established across the country, thunderstorms get much fewer in number, and they are mostly confined to the region of the monsoon trough that runs from west to east across north India. There are occasions, however, when thunderstorms do develop during the monsoon season, such as at the end of a long dry spell or a break in the monsoon. Thunderstorm activity revives once again with the retreat of the southwest monsoon in September-October.

  28. @OwnerKea,

    that was just an info..

    i don think all those things that we post here r only related to India or even weather..!!!

  29. Karthik Raghavan, if the mouth of the Rain guage is same of same diameter then it will be easy for us to measure. If they in different diameters we need to do calculations. So keeping them same is easy.

    For temperature measurements you need to keep it in shade and also it has to have free flow of air around it. In Radio or Clocks it is not possible and they will show the temperature of the inside air within their body.

    I heard it rained 1cm in Bangalore and the rain lasted for around 30mins or so. What a heavy downpour……..

    Now even deserts in Oman are getting rains and not us in Chennai 😦 😦

  30. Date: 03/06/2010
    Time: 13:00 LST.

    The Weather System over Arabian Sea
    Warning no. 5
    Heavy rainfall has continued to fall over some parts of Masirah Island and parts of coastal areas of Al-Sharqiya region in the past hours associated with winds up to 70km/hr. Latest Satellite images and numerical weather prediction charts indicate the tropical cyclone PHET is centered over west Arabian Sea has moved further towards North West direction. It’s centre is currently located near latitude 19.3 degrees North and longitude 59.3 degrees east. PHET is around 160 km away from Masirah Island. Maximum sustained wind speed around the centre is estimated to be around 180 km/h and by which it is still classified as Category 3. The cyclone is expected to enter the land from the area between Adoqum and Masirah Island which will affect mainly the Masirah Island and the regions of Al-sharqiya and aAl-wusta with about 2 metres of storm surge over the coastal areas .
    The rainy convective clouds of this cyclone (PHET) expected to extend to affect Governates of Muscat and Al-buraimi and regions of, AlDhakhlia and AlBhatinah and Al-Dhaerah within the next 48 hours
    The Directorate request People in the affected areas are to take precautions on the low lands from flowing Wadis because of the heavy rain and Fishermen are also advised to be precautious as seas are expected to be rough along the

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  32. latest jtwc prediction says Phet not crossing Oman. its turning east and moving towards pakistan as a weaker storm.

  33. @keaweather
    you are the first to update on this.. Thankz… Phet has changed its position many times and now it is heading towards Karachi than Rajistan

  34. The Weather System over Arabian Sea
    Warning no. 6
    Heavy rainfall is continuing to fall over Masirah Island until the time of preparing this warning and over parts of coastal areas of Al-Sharqiya region associated with winds up to 110km/hr. Latest Satellite images and numerical weather prediction charts indicate the tropical cyclone PHET is centered 70km east of Masirah Island over latitude 20.0 degrees North and longitude 59.0 degrees east with maximum sustained wind speed around the centre is reduced to be around 140 km/h and that is because it is approaching the land therefore it is classified as Category 2 cyclone.
    Latest Satellite images and numerical weather prediction charts indicate the tropical cyclone PHET will change its direction of movement to be parallel to the eastern coasts of Masirah Island with a speed of 15km/hr and it is expected to enter the land from the area between north of Masirah Island and Ras-alhadd which will affect mainly Alsharqia region with likely a storm surge over the coastal areas of 2 meters.
    The rainy convective clouds of this cyclone (PHET) expected to extend to affect Governates of Muscat and Al-buraimi and regions of, AlDhakhlia and AlBhatinah and Al-Dhaerah within the next 48 hours
    The Directorate request People in the affected areas are to take precautions on the low lands from flowing Wadis because of the heavy rain and Fishermen are also advised to be precautious as seas are expected to be rough along the Sultanate’s coastal areas especially the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea as wave heights may reach up to 8 meters. Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN) will continue watching the weather situation and give updates accordingly.

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