Oman- Phet Recap

Couple interesting facts from the Gulf News:
  • Phet is a Thai word pronounced as Pet, meaning “Diamond”.
  • Intense hurricanes are rare in the Arabian Sea, due to the basin’s small size, the interference of the summer monsoon, and the frequent presence of dry air and dust from the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Phet is now the second strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Arabian Sea, behind Category 5 Cyclone Gonu of 2007, which devastated Oman.
  • Phet is over some of the warmest ocean waters on the planet, 30 31°C (86 88°F), and warm waters in excess of 26.5°C (80°F) extend to a depth of at least 50 meters (165 feet), resulting in a Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential high enough to allow Phet to attain Category 5 status.
  • So far, at least 24 people have been killed after the onslaught of Cyclone Phet in Oman
  • Phet has the potential to be worse for Oman than Tropical Cyclone Gonu, which did $4.2 billion in damage and killed 50 people in June 2007.

Phet also left me very depressed as I was out of town — but the boys scored. Seek and you shall find…

photos by PJ Cutting

arabian sea?



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