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Hurricane terminology


how do hurricanes form?Hurricane season
This is simply the period in the year where tropical storms develop the most. This means the seasons are different from place to place. For example, seasons from the Atlantic may be different from seasons of the Pacific. The North Atlantic season is between June and November, peaking in August.

how do hurricanes form?Typhoon
This s also a tropical storm, just like a hurricane. The difference is where they form. Typhoons form over the Indian or Western Pacific Oceans. See Map below:
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how do hurricanes form?Cyclone
This is a low pressure system with gale force winds that form over very warm tropical waters. It is characterized by whirling, organized storms with sustained winds, just like hurricanes. They form typically over the Indian ocean.

how do hurricanes form?Cumulonimbus clouds
These clouds are formed mainly in warmer regions and over tropical waters. They result from the condensation of water vapor. These clouds are heavy in moisture and are associated with heavy rain, snow, hail, lightning storms and even tornadoes.

how do hurricanes form?Tropical Storm Watch or Hurricane watch
This watch is usually a series of information generally put together by the Weather Forecast Service for the people to know of a possible Storm. A watch notice means the storm is not imminent, but only a possibility. A watch is possible with modern computers, satellites and advanced weather monitoring systems.

how do hurricanes form?Tropical Storm Watch or Hurricane Warning
This is usually an official announcement made by the authorities, via TV, radio, text messages, e-mails, public announcement systems or other means of an impending storm. A warning means the storm is very likely, and a threat to life and property. Emergency services take Warnings very seriously and prepare quickly before the storm hits.

how do hurricanes form?Storm chasers
A storm chaser is a person who follows a storm as it moves from place to place. It is very easy to think that it is madness to chase a storm, knowing how destructive they can be. But people follow storms (and other violent weathers) for many reasons including curiosity, adventure, scientific research and exploration, or for media coverage. Regardless of the motive, it is important that people are educated to know what is involved and not to put themselves in harms way.

how do hurricanes form?Evacuation
Storm warnings usually come with orders instructing people to move away from the path of the impending storm. The quick, immediate and often voluntary movement of people to safer places is known as evacuation. Sometimes emergency services assist with this, and get people who are less able to help themselves to move. During an evacuation, there is the provision of water, food and emergency supply, even though not all countries are able to do this.

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