Monthly Archives: December 2019

An unnamed cyclone🌀

I woke up this morning to learn that the Mauritius Meteo Office has issued a cyclone warning Class I. But the cyclone has no name. On the social networks people find this weird too. It is the first time that the Meteo Office has issued a "cyclone warning" for an unnamed cyclone.

At this morning, the satellite image published on the Meteo office website would call this unnamed cyclone Tropical Disturbance 'C'. That explains it. The 'system' hasn't intensified enough to be categorized as a tropical cyclone. The latest cyclone bulletin issued at 10h10 calls this 'system' a tropical depression.

Image source: Mauritius Meteorological Services

The satellite image shows that the Tropical Depression 'C' was situated at about 350 km to the north-east of Mauritius. As per the forecast of the Met Office, there is a chance that it will further intensify into a tropical storm.

We will find more in the next cyclone bulletin which will be issued at 16h10.

Meanwhile, there is intermittent rain in Providence with strong gusts of wind at certain times.


  • The tropical depression intensified to become a moderate tropical storm which has been named Calvinia. The same was communicated in the cyclone bulletin issued at 10h10.
  • Fourth cyclone bulletin was issued at 22h00 on Sunday 29 December 2019. Moderate tropical storm Calvinia was centered at about 190 km to the east of Cap Malheureux.
  • In the sixth cyclone bulletin issued at 09h00 on Monday 30 December 2019 a cyclone warning Class III was announced. This bulletin caused more chaos than the rain and winds did in certain regions. By 09h000 a lot of people had reached their workplace or were on the way to office. Upon the issuance of a Class III warning everyone has to return back home causing huge traffic jams and inconvenience on the roads.
  • Eighth cyclone bulletin issued at 16h00 on Monday 30 December 2019 indicated that severe tropical storm Calvinia remained stationary at about 90 km off the coast of Mahebourg.
  • Tenth cyclone bulletin issued by the Meteorological Services at 22h00 on Monday 30 December 2019 indicated that the severe tropical storm Calvinia had only looped on its position and moved closer to Mauritius. It was centered at 70 km to the south-east of Mahebourg.
  • The fourteenth and last cyclone bulletin was issued at 10h00 on Tuesday 31 December 2019 by the Meteorological Services. Calvinia was moving away from Mauritius and was situated at about 130 km to the south-east of Blue Bay. The cyclone warning was lifted.
Image source: Mauritius Meteorological Services
  • The sun is back in sky⛅ but there is still rain from time to time with strong gusts of wind. 🍃
  • Banks & shopping malls opened their doors as from half-day on this Tuesday 31 December 2019. People could do their last-minute shopping on new year's eve. 😊

openSUSE Board election 2019-2020

This year's openSUSE Election Committee is composed of Ariez Vachha, Edwin Zakaria and myself. Ariez joined the committee for the first time, while Edwin and I have worked together on the previous Board election. Weeks ago, after consulting the election rules and brainstorming a bit, we came up with an election schedule that spans over several weeks, starting in December 2019 until January 2020.

Image credit goes to openSUSE member Aris Winardi


As the call for nominations and applications ended on 25 December, we had a list of four candidates for the two seats on the openSUSE Board. The candidates are:

The election campaign now begins. Members are encouraged to ping the candidates and ask them questions about their views and ideas that they'd like to bring on the the openSUSE Board.