According to the World Meteorological Organization, the different weather disturbances are tropical cyclones, intense tropical cyclones, low-pressure areas, very intense tropical cyclones, tropical waves, tropical disturbances, tropical depressions, extra-tropical disturbances, subtropical disturbances, moderate tropical storms, severe tropical storms and zones of disturbed weather. A weather disturbance is a term used to describe a change in atmospheric conditions or weather patterns.Continue Reading
Hurricanes, cyclones, thunderstorms and tornadoes fall under the different types of weather disturbances. These are some of the most frequently occurring weather disturbances throughout the world. They are also referred to as natural disasters, as they are capable of wreaking havoc on roads, power lines and buildings.
Tropical cyclones are classified as tropical storms, tropical depressions and typhoons. When a tropical cyclone occurs in the part of the Northwest Pacific Ocean that is west of the dateline and reaches wind speeds of at least 74 mph, it is called a typhoon. If a tropical cyclone of that intensity occurs in the North Atlantic, in the Northeast Pacific east of the dateline or the South Pacific east of the 160th meridian east, it is called a hurricane.
In some cases, weather disturbances may cause severe weather conditions. Tropical cyclones tend to produce strong winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding. Thunderstorms, which kill more people than hurricanes and tornadoes, produce thunder, lightning and sometimes hail. Violent storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes are equally destructive.Learn more about Storms
Tropical depressions are relatively minor tropical cyclones. They are not as intense as tropic storms, which are not as intense as hurricanes. Over time, however, tropical depressions can become stronger storms.Full Answer >
Stormy weather is associated with heavy rain, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, hail, sleet, tropical cyclones and general thunderstorms. Atmospheric instability is one of the causes of stormy weather, as well as high pressure zones moving in from certain directions. For example, a high pressure zone from the north causes colder weather as winter approaches and a high pressure zone from the south brings warm weather.Full Answer >
Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes are all the same type of weather phenomenon; the only difference is the location of the storm, according to the National Ocean Service. In the Atlantic Ocean and northeast Pacific Ocean, the term "hurricane" is used. Cyclones occur in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, while typhoons are in the northwest Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >
A storm surge is a rise in sea level associated with a tropical or extratropical weather system. The storm surge is often the most deadly phenomena associated with tropical storms and cyclones.Full Answer >