News Local "Number of whirlwinds will increase with climate change", says expert

“Number of whirlwinds will increase with climate change”, says expert

Extreme weather phenomena, like whirlwinds, will be happening more often because of climate change, director of the Meteorological Service, Kleanthis Nicolaides told philenews.

Asked to comment on the whirlwind that took place Sunday October 21 in Ayious Trimithias, Nicolaides said that such “phenomena are rare, however they can have destructive consequences.”

Although, climate change will increase the frequency of these phenomena, it will not lead to an increase in how powerful they are, he added.

Asked to comment if whirlwinds can be predicted, Nicolaides answered that, whenever there’s a storm, then it is possible for a whirlwind to form.

Whirlwinds cannot form outside storms, however, there are is another weaker type of whirlwind, which occurs in lowland areas, mainly in the summer, Nicolaides said.

Whirlwinds such as the one in Ayious Trimithias happen only during storms as upward air streams may feed into the storm and create whirlwinds, Nicolaides explained.

A storm cloud, combined with a whirlwind create a much lower atmospheric pressure compared to that of the environment. “This difference in pressure can have catastrophic consequences,” Nicolaides concluded.

Whirlwind in Turkish-occupied north

Ayioi Trimithias and Paliometoho were not the only locations that were affected by a whirlwind yesterday.

According to Turkish Cypriot newspaper, Yeniduzen, a whirlwind struck the village of Kormakitis, uprooting trees and utility poles, as well as damaging greenhouses and olive groves.

Yesterday’s storm also caused floods in houses in Turkish-occupied Nicosia, Yeniduzen reports.

Read more:

Top Stories

Irregular migrants cross from occupied areas

  Police have picked up more than 30 irregular migrants who crossed from the Turkish occupied areas, the Cyprus News Agency reports. It said that six...

Trump orders big U.S. troop cut in Germany, official says

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, a move likely...

Bolsonaro threatens WHO exit as COVID-19 kills ‘a Brazilian per minute’

  President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization after the U.N. agency warned Latin American governments about...

Fine and sunny, temperatures at 37 C inland

  Weak low pressure and a warm air mass are affecting the area. Saturday will be mainly fine and temperatures will rise to 37 C inland,...

Minister of Agriculture presents the Strategy for Biodiversity of Cyprus

The Government has presented on Friday the Strategy for Biodiversity of Cyprus, which includes thirteen strategic goals for the decade 2020-2030. The Action Plan...


Poulles (Υoung kolokassi)

Either you thrash the coriander seeds in a mortar, without making them into dust, or you gradually crush them in a blender. Remove the edges...

Pork cooked in wine

Crush the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar or pulse-blend in a blender, taking care not to over-grind. Put the meat in bowl (not...

Lefkaritikos tavas – O ‘protinos’

Wash and dry the meat and rice separately. In a ‘tava’ (oven proof deep clay pot) first put a layer of five-six pieces of meat...

Local cuisine: An introduction

Rich in fresh ingredients and tasty herbs, offers the very best of Mediterranean culinary delights. Head out to a tavern and feast on a...