Skip to comments.What is the Difference Between a Cyclone, Typhoon and Hurricane?
Posted on 08/26/2011 10:28:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Do you know the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone? People often think they are one in the same. It is confusing enough to try to keep up with the hurricane season and all the terminology, without having to decipher the difference between the three. All storms are the same after all, or are they? I found out that while they share common characteristics, they are still different. How are they different? Basically, the location is what gives the storm it's name.
If a storm was to form in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean, we would call it a hurricane. So basically every storm that endangers the United States is a hurricane. In recent years, we have all become quit familiar with hurricanes and their powerful force.
A typhoon is generally any storm that begins in the Western Pacific. So a storm that threatens Japan or the islands of Guam or the Philippines is called a typhoon. Winds from a typhoon usually are stronger than a hurricane, however they endanger far less land area due to their locations.
Cyclones are storms that begin in the Southern Pacific. They only are generated west of 160 east Longitude. They are not as prevalent as hurricanes because of the cold water temperatures. Generally, water temperates must be over 80 degrees in order to be conducive to any storm.
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According to Merriam-Webster, “cyclone” is synonymous with “tornado.”
“Do you know the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone?”
Whatever the differences are I’m sure some libtard think I’m personally causing all of them with my 1986 Ford F-150.
Hurricane: Any strong, tropical or subtropical generated low pressure system independent of weather frontal boundaries which generally threatens North American waters and shores.
Typhoon: Any strong, tropical or subtropical generated low pressure system independent of weather frontal boundaries which generally threatens East Asian waters and shores.
Cyclone: Any strong, tropical or subtropical generated low pressure system independent of weather frontal boundaries which generally threatens everywhere else.
Typhoon is mainly used around the Pacific Rim. The word represents the pronunciation (in Catonese) of the two Chinese characters for “big wind.” Many of its paramenters reflect the definition of hurricanes.
If I could be in a secure location, with a good window to look out of, I think it’d be cool to experience a strong hurricane once.
Hurricanes were Honda sportbikes back in the mid-late 80’s.
“A Tycoon is a big bag of money. A Typhoon is a big bag of wind,” - Thurston Howell III
None, they all take the house.
Hurricanes contain vodka, rum, and gin.
Typhoons contain gin with no vodka or rum.
Cyclones contain grenadine and amaretto.
Since I’m not into gin and I had a horrible experience with vodka at 17, it’s the Cyclone for me!
In thie country, “hurricane” means “wall-to-wall minute by minute coverage of a tropical disturbance which may or may not turn into a damaging hurricane but which blots out every other news item on every one of the networks for hours and days on end so completely that Al-Qaeda might as well furlough all their terrorists as no deed they might possibly commit no matter how murderous would ever make it onto the daily news cycle until this stupid storm with the funny name finally dries up and goes away.”
My TV stays off until next week BTW. Nothing to listen to but some good recorded music.
I thought "big wind" in Cantonese was "Kung Pao"
I’ll tell you another difference:
A typhoon can make a hurricane look like a summer breeze. They get a lot bigger and have higher winds. Don’t think so? Ride out a few of them and you’ll know.
I went through Hurricane Andrew while stationed at Homestead AFB... absolutely terrifying!!! Winds, at one point, reached over 230 mph..
I have lived in Japan for more than 13 years.. and can’t count how many typhoons I have been through.. and I was able to walk to my nearest convenience store right in the middle of any of them (and I live less than 3 miles from the beach).. Typhoons, to me, are more like a West Texas thunderstorms (without the lightning/thunder).
Cyclones, I have no experience with :p
The best bike I ever owned ... ironically... I lost it during Hurricane Andrew >.< (no joke!)
What’s even weirder is when I lost my Olds Toranado in a tornado!
(ok, that never happened)
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