Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
13 Jan 2009
 | 13 Jan 2009

Study of tropical cyclone "Fanoos" using MM5 model – a case study

S. Ramalingeswara Rao, K. Muni Krishna, and O. S. R. U. Bhanu Kumar

Abstract. Tropical cyclones are one of the most intense weather hazards over east coast of India and create a lot of devastation through gale winds and torrential floods while they cross the coast. So an attempt is made in this study to simulate track and intensity of tropical cyclone "Fanoos", which is formed over the Bay of Bengal during 5–10 December 2005 by using mesoscale model MM5. The simulated results are compared with the observed results of India Meteorological Department (IMD); results show that the cumulus parameterization scheme, Kain-Fritsch (KF) is more accurately simulated both in track and intensity than the other Betts-Miller (BM) and Grell Schemes. The reason for better performance of KF-1 scheme may be due to inclusion of updrafts and downdrafts. The model could predict the minimum Central Sea Level Pressure (CSLP) as 983 hPa as compared to the IMD reports of 984 hPa and the wind speed is simulated at maximum 63 m/s compared to the IMD estimates of 65 m/s. Secondly "Fanoos" development from the lagrangian stand point in terms of vertical distribution of Potential Vorticity (PV) is also carried out around cyclone centre.