Cyclone “Remal” is coming? Who gave this name, and what does it mean?

Low pressure has formed in the Bay of Bengal. The Meteorological Department provided this information on Wednesday morning. The agency’s meteorologists and the International Meteorological Organization also say the low pressure may turn into a depression. It is not uncommon for the low pressure to transform into a cyclone from that point on. Although the cyclone’s formation is still uncertain, This time, if a cyclone forms, its name will be ‘Remal’.

Low-pressure announcement
A low pressure has formed over the Southwest Bay of Bengal and nearby areas, the Meteorological Department announced today. Meteorologists from the Department of Meteorology made this announcement today. Bajlur Rashid told Prothom Alo that the low pressure may turn into a clear low pressure today or tomorrow morning. It may develop into low pressure by next Friday or Saturday.

Bazlur Rashid said, in response to the question about the possibility of a cyclone from low pressure, that there is a danger of a cyclone. However, it cannot be confirmed yet.
Earlier, in an announcement by the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), there was a possibility of a cyclone forming in the Bay of Bengal by today (Wednesday) or tomorrow (Thursday). It is likely to make landfall near the Sundarbans in southern Bangladesh on May 26–27. However, the announcement also said that the nature of the cyclone is not always correct. Its course and speed may vary.

And if there is a cyclone this time, its name will be Remal. This name was given by Oman.
Why are cyclones named?There was a time when cyclones had no names. In 1970 or 1991, our country experienced a devastating cyclone. But they have no name. Cyclones that hit not only our country but also other countries had no names. Therefore, the process of naming these storms began at a certain point. When a storm remains unnamed, meteorologists struggle to swiftly determine its strength and type. Meteorologists have to find out the time or date of its impact and determine the movement of the possible cyclone in the future. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is responsible for this task. The WMO, in coordination with the five Regional Special Meteorological Organizations (RSMCs), has been naming cyclones since 2004. The RSMC seeks a list of names from its member states. After a lengthy period of verification, the RSMC sends the short list to WMO.

A regional committee panel approved the list of names of cyclones that formed in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It is known as the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones. These include India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Thailand, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. The 2018 RMSC lists new cyclone names. At this time, 13 countries gave 13 names each. Nomenclature adheres to certain guidelines. Names should be neutral, such as politics, political figures, religious beliefs, culture, or gender. We cannot give names that hurt the sentiments of people in any part of the world. The name cannot be harsh. It should be short and easy to pronounce. The name should have a maximum eight characters. This section should also include the pronunciation of the name.

What does the word “remal” mean?
The WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones lists the member states by their English initials. For example, according to the English alphabet, the name of Bangladesh comes first among these 13 countries. The name of Yemen appears at the end. On this occasion, we borrow the word ‘Remal’ from Oman. Next, the name of Pakistan will appear.

Remal, according to meteorologists, is an Arabic word. This name means ‘sand’.
The Member States may occasionally change the proposed names.