What is a Typhoon?

What is a Typhoon?

Nov 08

What’s the difference between a typhoon and hurricane and cyclone?  The only difference is where these storms occur.  In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, they are called “hurricanes”.    The same storm in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean is called a typhoon.  






The ingredients include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds. If the right conditions last long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones.

Super Typhoon Haiyan is a massive typhoon packing winds approaching 200 mph and called one of the most powerful storms ever recorded blasted into the Philippines on Friday.  It killed at least two people.

Forecasters warned of huge catastrophic damage. Trees were down, power was out in parts of the country, there was widespread flooding and communication with the hardest-hit areas was knocked out.