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    Tropical Cyclone Possibility in the Bay of Bengal

    By Story by Jim Andrews, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist.
    April 30, 2011, 8:03:21 AM EDT

    Tropical low pressure, which will form in the Bay of Bengal during the late week, could ultimately become a tropical cyclone.

    The low will gather within a broad mass of tropical showers and thunderstorms spread over the open Bay of Bengal between Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands. Initially, the low will drift towards the north or even the northwest.


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    Formation of a designated tropical depression, the first step of a tropical cyclone, could happen by Sunday. Surface waters are easily warm enough to foster cyclone formation, assuming that atmospheric conditions also coincide favorably.

    In late April and May, the weeks leading up to onset of the Indian Summer Monsoon, tropical cyclone can be seen prowling the Bay of Bengal.

    Myanmar, Bangladesh and eastern India can and sometimes do get a lashing from a tropical cyclone. Witness Nargus. The catastrophic blow dealt by Tropical Cyclone Nargus fell upon Myanmar on May 2, 2008. Nargus had formed on April 27.

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