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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 1 decade ago

what is the difference between a tropical cyclone and a typhoon/hurricane?

2 Answers

  • Uhura
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a low pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and flooding rain. A tropical cyclone feeds on heat released when moist air rises, resulting in condensation of water vapour contained in the moist air. They are fueled by a different heat mechanism than other cyclonic windstorms such as nor'easters, European windstorms, and polar lows, leading to their classification as "warm core" storm systems.

    The term "tropical" refers to both the geographic origin of these systems, which form almost exclusively in tropical regions of the globe, and their formation in Maritime Tropical air masses. The term "cyclone" refers to such storms' cyclonic nature, with counterclockwise rotation in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise rotation in the Southern Hemisphere.


    Pacific typhoon refers to tropical cyclones forming in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. The basin is demarcated within the Pacific Ocean from Asia, north of the equator, and west of the international date line.[1] Storms from the Eastern and Central Pacific crossing the date line are re-designated as typhoons. This basin features the strongest cyclones on record.

    Typhoon seasons include the entirety of the calendar year. Most storms tend to form between May and November.

    The word "typhoon" comes from the Chinese 颱風(T) / 台风(S) (pinyin: tái fēng; Jyutping: toi4fung1).

  • 1 decade ago

    There are different types of cyclones and hurricane and typhoon are just other names for a tropical cyclone (depending on the part of the world you're from). These are formed at sea. Cyclones that are not tropical include land formed cyclones that can sometimes contribute to tornados. All cyclones are spinning air masses.

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