Hurricane / typhoon / cyclone
A cyclone or hurricane is an atmospheric system of rapidly circulating air massed about a low-pressure centre. The event is usually accompanied by stormy, often destructive, weather, formed when moisture evaporates from warm oceans during hot seasons. The air rises, condenses and gathers momentum as it moves over the ocean, growing in size and intensity as more air rushes in. When it meets land it often strikes with a devastating force, with very high velocity winds, severe rainfall and seawater surge. These cause damage and destruction to buildings, infrastructure, crops and trees, as well as injury and loss of life. They are called cyclones, hurricanes or typhoons depending on where in the world they form.
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Now explore some written sources.
You might follow some of the links below or identify your own sources to extend your learning and help you to complete your worksheet:
- Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storms
- What is a Hurricane, Typhoon, or Tropical Cyclone?
- Hurricane Dorian—the science behind the dangerous storm
- 3 Advances in Hurricane Science Could Make Us Safer
- Cyclones: facts and figures
- Tropical Cyclone Climatology