A typhoon is a tropical storm occurring in the Northwest Pacific Ocean and having sustained winds in excess of 73 miles per hour. In other parts of the world, these types of storms can be called hurricanes or cyclones.Continue Reading
Typhoons form in warm waters and weaken when the water temperature goes below 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Typhoons develop slowly and mainly affect countries such as Vietnam, Japan and southern China. Typhoons cause storm surges and heavy rain and bring high winds.
A typhoon consists of spiral rain bands, an eye wall and an eye. The eye is a region of calm within the entire storm. Surrounding the eye is the eye wall, a region with high winds and heavy rain. Spiral rain bands wrap around the eye in the same direction as the winds.Learn more about Storms
Hurricanes have winds of at least 74 miles per hour, according to NASA. Hurricanes aren't the only storms that produce winds this fast, so these storms are categorized by their combination of fast-moving, swirling winds and rain.Full Answer >
The winds produced in a tornado can be less than 100 miles per hour, or they can exceed 300 miles per hour. The Enhanced Fujita Scale ranges from EF 0 to EF 5, and this scale is used to estimate the wind damage produced by a tornado.Full Answer >
Blizzards are classified as conditions that prevail for three hours or more and include frequent gusts, or sustained winds, of up to 35 miles per hour, along with considerable amounts of blowing or falling snow. These conditions can greatly reduce visibility, sometimes to less than a quarter of a mile.Full Answer >
Hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones all refer to storms in which the winds reach more than 74 miles per hour. The difference in the names refers to the location where the storm originates. A hurricane is confined to the North Atlantic Ocean and the Northeast Pacific Ocean. A typhoon originates in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, and a cyclone occurs in the Indian Ocean, states the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.Full Answer >