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Miditech chases Super Cyclones around the world on NatGeo

20-January-2007
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Miditech chases Super Cyclones around the world on NatGeo

Miditech, one of Asia’s leading independent production companies, is ready with another documentary. Titled ‘Super Cyclones’, the documentary will chase cyclones in different parts of the world. The film premieres on NatGeo on January 20 at 9 pm.

“Produced for global telecast, ‘Super Cyclones’ is going to chase cyclones along India’s coast, in Australia and at the US Air Force base in Guam to meet scientists working on early cyclone prediction,” said Pria Somiah, Vice-President, Documentaries, Miditech.

Directed by Animitra Chakravarty ‘Super Cyclones’ will follow Indian Institute of Oceanography researcher, Nuncio Murukesh, chasing a potential cyclone in the Eastern coast of India. The film studies ‘cyclones’ through a depression building up in the Bay of Bengal. Depression is the first indication that a cyclone is in the making. Once the depression intensifies to a point where wind speeds are beyond 62kmph, it becomes a cyclonic storm.

The film will move to the Pacific Shores of Guam where Aerosonde along with the US Air Force are experimenting with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is sent right inside an incipient storm to take readings of wind speeds and temperature (a la the Hollywood hit ‘Twister’) to enable accurate and timely prediction of the cyclone’s intensity.

The viewer is then transported back to India’s east coast, where Murukesh chases a weather system that intensified into a deep depression. Though this depression never intensified into a severe cyclone, it still accounted for a human toll of 100, when a train was derailed due to heavy rains caused by this depression.

The film will also capture the devastation caused by a super cyclone that had hit Orissa in October 1999. Through the file footage attempts have been made to showcase powerful recreations and first person accounts. The film studies the catastrophe closely, which accounted for more than 10,000 deaths and made millions homeless.

Just like the shores in India, the Queensland coasts of Australia are also highly prone to cyclonic attacks, an issue of concern to scientists in that part of the world. Dr Jonathan Nott and Dr Mathew Haynes are two scientists involved in research to establish past frequency of cyclones in Cairns – a flourishing metropolis of Queensland. The film follows the experiments of the two scientists, who believe that they can retrieve information about super cyclones by measuring the elevation of the coral ridges formed by storm surges of past cyclonic storms and use this information to predict future cyclones.

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