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Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones Overview. US Hurricane Frequency of Occurrence This map shows the concentration of hurricanes over the past 69 years.

Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones Overview

A data-set of tropical storms was obtained from the Pacific Disaster Center ( This dataset consisted of a shape file showing the approximate tracks of the centers of tropical depressions, storms, hurricanes, and typhoons worldwide over a 69 year period The source data consisted of tracking lines for tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons for the world.

Why Hurricane Categories Make a Difference. What's the difference between hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons? - CBBC Newsround. Image copyright National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are all tropical storms.

What's the difference between hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons? - CBBC Newsround

They are all same thing but are given different names depending on where they appear. When they reach populated areas they usually bring very strong wind and rain which can cause a lot of damage. Hurricanes are tropical storms that form over the North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific. Cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones Overview. Modernizing weather forecasts and disaster planning to save lives. Is it hot outside?

Modernizing weather forecasts and disaster planning to save lives

Should I bring an umbrella? Most of us don’t think much beyond these questions when we check the weather report on a typical day. But weather information plays a much more critical role than providing intel on whether to take an umbrella or use sunscreen. It can help manage the effects of climate change, prevent economic losses and save lives when extreme weather hits. 8 maps that explain why Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines so hard. A week after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, the country's crisis is far from over, with perhaps thousands of dead still be counted, tens or hundreds of thousands of people displaced and basic services, including access to food, shut down in many areas.

8 maps that explain why Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines so hard

To help convey how and why the storm was so bad, here is a series of eight maps on Haiyan, its impact and the Philippines' crisis. 1. BBC Weather How do hurricanes form. Teachit Geography - Tropical storms GCSE teaching pack. National Geographic. Climate Change Impact on Storms. Scientific research indicates that climate change will cause hurricanes and tropical storms to become more intense — lasting longer, unleashing stronger winds, and causing more damage to coastal ecosystems and communities.

Climate Change Impact on Storms

Scientists point to higher ocean temperatures as the main culprit, since hurricanes and tropical storms get their energy from warm water. As sea surface temperatures rise, developing storms will contain more energy. At the same time, other factors such as rising sea levels, disappearing wetlands, and increased coastal development threaten to intensify the damage caused by hurricanes and tropical storms. Animated guide: Hurricanes. Hurricane Animation. Create-a-Cane. Flying through a Hurricane Eye wall. Hurricanes. Tropical storms - Impacts - Exploring Climate Change. Tropical storms have the potential to do great damage, especially on islands and coastal continental areas.

Tropical storms - Impacts - Exploring Climate Change

Their names reflect where they form, hurricanes in the North Atlantic and Caribbean, typhoons in the Pacific, and tropical cyclones over Australia. Tropical storms frequently hit the headlines, never more so than when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative measures. In the western North Pacific, the term "super typhoon" is used for tropical cyclones with sustained winds exceeding 150 mph. Conceptual animation illustrates the wind damage associated with increasing hurricane intensity - courtesy of The COMET Program.