Anticyclone in Mauritius
Anticyclones in Mauritius occur during the winter season. Anti-cyclone which is also called as high pressure area is a big spiral circulation system of wind having normally a diameter between 1600 to 8000 kilometres. The wind flows in the clockwise direction in Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in Southern Hemisphere. Thus in Mauritius and South Indian Ocean, unlike tropical cyclones, anticyclones flows in counter-clockwise direction. Anticyclone produces dry and cool air. This is why during anticyclone in Mauritius, there is a slight decrease in temperature during the day and even more decrease in temperature at night.
Effects of anticyclones in Mauritius and Indian Ocean
- The sky is normally clear with no cloud cover over the island.
- There is a slight decrease in temperature making day cooler and night being even more cooler.
- Fog and frost are formed at night, especially on Central Plateau.
Live anticyclone animation image during winter seasonAnticylone live animation image showing anticyclone formed over the Indian Ocean (if any). The satellite map displays blue dots showing lightning in the Indian ocean and surrounding Mauritius. The red stars are active lightning sensor spots and the red line is the terminator.
Showing live anticyclone and lightning animation image. (Updates every hour)
The image movie animation is heavy in size (around 6.3MB) and might take some time to load completely.
Blue Dots = Lightning | Red Line = Terminator | Red Stars = Lightning sensor locations
Taken with permission from the University of Washington.