Cyclone Luban (Luban is the local Omani name for the Frankincense Tree and its Incense Resin), continues to develop.
The Meteorology authority in Oman issued a statement about Cyclone Luban on Friday 12th October
The expected landfall continues to be towards the north-west, some reposts suggest around Mukalla in Yemen. In Oman’s southern region of Dhofar a precautionary measure of closing schools is being taken to avoid the need to travel as well as make the buildings available for shelter, if required.
Around the same time as Cyclone Luban moves along the southern Arabian Coast, cruise ships will be in the region.
Cruise Ship – Costa Victoria is on its way east to #Salalah for 13th October says @CruiseArabia & will sail through #CycloneLuban – which is on its way past Salalah & west to maybe #Mukalla in #Yemen – the passengers may have a bumpy night on the 12th! https://t.co/1RPc7Omtkr
— TonyWalsh🌞توني والش (@TonyWalsh_me) October 10, 2018
On October 10th an update was made by Oman’s Meteorology Office
— الأرصاد العمانية (@OmanMeteorology) October 10, 2018
This follows the Cyclone Mekunu in May 2018.
Oman’s Meteorology Office Tweeted about Cyclone Luban and its name on Monday.
— الأرصاد العمانية (@OmanMeteorology) October 8, 2018
The Meteorology authority in Oman issued a statement about the as yet un-named depression earlier.
Initial Reports about what was then an incipient tropical depression were reported and with divergent viewpoints – I added a possible date for the landfall.
Conflicting reports carried by The Times of Oman – about a tropical depression in the Arabian Sea. The sea temperature in October is usually too cold to support these events – however, keep your eye on the weather forecast for Salalah on October 11th. https://t.co/vvOb4v49nM
— TonyWalsh🌞توني والش (@TonyWalsh_me) October 4, 2018
Sea temperatures needed for a Cyclone/Hurrican/Typhoon to form need to be greater than 26centigrade. Fortunately, this is relatively unusual in the north Arabian Sea as the Monsoon does have a cooling effect on the ocean. This means that there is a short Cyclone season before the Monsoon and one after.