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Difference between a cyclone, typhoon, hurricane and a storm
Most of us are confused between the words cyclone, typhoon, hurricane and storm as all of them tend to mean strong winds. Are all these weather phenomenons the same or do they have some differences?

THE HURRICANE season is on in the US, and with the onset of the Hurricane Sandy over the northeast US, everyone is discussing about hurricanes, and how it is often confused between cyclone, typhoon, hurricane and storm. A storm is a weather phenomenon in which there is strong disturbence in the atmosphere and this creates severe weather which, is marked by strong thunder, lightening, hail and wind.


When a storm is at its initial stages, it creates a low pressure region, which has a potential to strengthen, then it is called a 'tropical depression'. When the winds due to these storms move at a speed greater than 39 mph then it become a 'tropical storm'. If this tropical storm gains a wind speed of 74 mph then it becomes a cyclone, typhoon or hurricane.

Cyclone, typhoon and hurricane - all these three weather phenomenon share common characteristics, but still they are different. Now, the question is how they are different from one another? It is the location that gives the storm it's name, reported yahoo.

Technically, a cyclone is a circular wind storm, but it is also used to describe a strong tropical storm that begins in the Southern part of Pacific ocean. Basically, cyclones are not that prevalent as hurricanes because of the water temperature, which is very cold over in that region. A tropical storm is much more effective when the temperature of the water is above eighty degrees.

A typhoon is the occurence of tropical storm that threatens Japan, Phillipines or Guma, i.e. the storm that hits the western pacific is known as typhoon. Typhoons are usually stronger than hurricanes, but they affect a very small land area due to its location, so typhoons are not as destructive as hurricanes.

The tropical storm that is formed in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific is known as a hurricane. These hurricanes mainly affect the United States. Recently, Hurricane Sandy is the latest hurricane after Katrina that has hit the northeast US and created a havock north and north east US.

If a storm is generated near the equator then there are greater chances that it becomes a strong storm and this is the reason why typhoons are more dangerous than hurricanes. The other thing to be considered for a storm to become a strong storm are the currents of the oceans, the air currents, and the water temperature.


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