How are hurricanes formed?

Nathan, Higos, Eunice, Pam…they all have one thing in common: they were tropical cyclones developed in the Indian Ocean over the past 4 months. But what is a tropical cyclone?

The video above explains how hurricanes are formed and how they affect the surrounding areas. Hurricanes, tropical cyclones, typhoons are different names for the same weather events. The difference stands in the location in which they occur: in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, they are called “hurricanes” while the term “typhoon” is used in the Northwest Pacific and the word “cyclone” in the Indian Ocean and in the South Pacific. NOAA explains the difference very well here.


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Mara Dambour

Mara Dambour

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