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Press Release 11-234

Link Between Air Pollution and Cyclone Intensity in Arabian Sea

Disruption of wind shear enables stronger storms

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Image of super-cyclonic storm Gonu over the Arabian Sea on June 4, 2007.

Super-cyclonic storm Gonu over the Arabian Sea on June 4, 2007.

Credit: NASA


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Graph showing genesis, circles, and tracks, solid lines, of pre-monsoon tropical cyclones.

Genesis (circles) and tracks (solid lines) of pre-monsoon tropical cyclones from 1979-2010.

Credit: Nature


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Illustration showing the effects of atmospheric brown clouds.

Scientists are working to better understand atmospheric brown clouds and their effects.

Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation


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Image showing the skies over India filled with aerosol particles streaming the over Bay of Bengal.

Skies over India are filled with a soup of aerosol particles streaming over the Bay of Bengal.

Credit: NASA


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Image of a Indian woman and her two children with a dung or wood fuel cooking stove.

Indian women often use dung or wood to fuel cooking stoves, contributors to brown clouds.

Credit: M.V. Ramana


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