DISCUSSION: Over the past couple of days, there has been a tremendous amount of warm air advection (i.e., a strong surge of warm air) occurring from over the eastern Indian Ocean and on towards far southern sections of India. This strong surge of warmer air has been a result of the presence of Tropical Cyclone Ockhi impacting parts of southern India. This is very concerning to the region based on the fact that heavy rainfall impacting this region of the world is a major threat to local cities/towns. This is due to the fact that many cities and towns spread across a good portion of India are located in and around areas of elevated terrain. Therefore, such areas are increasingly more prone to seeing impacts from both flooding as well as flash-flooding events. As rainfall accumulates in areas positioned at the lowest elevations of southern India, this can quickly lead to major torrents of raging water as a result of periods of rapid ponding of rainfall. Thus, even as Tropical Cyclone Ockhi gradually begins to wind down in the coming days, this is still a major concern for portions of southern, southwestern, and even western India. Attached above is a recent visible satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Ockhi as of earlier in the day on Monday.
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