Cyclones cause widespread flooding and wind damage. Flood damage results from the combination of torrential rain, which overwhelms the soil’s ability to absorb it, and storm surges, which force significant quantities of ... More » Science Weather & Tides

Cyclones, also known as hurricanes or typhoons, are primarily caused by high ocean temperatures, broad-scale wind systems and clustered thunderstorms, which liberate the heat energy from the ocean surface and transfer it... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

A cyclone is a rotating vortex of air caused by thermal currents around a low-pressure center. Tropical cyclones are enormous storms that rotate around a vertical axis, driven by warmth and moisture from tropical ocean w... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms
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A typhoon is the same thing as a hurricane or cyclone. They are called different names depending on where they occur. Typhoons are the name used for tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific, specifically to the west of... More » Science Weather & Tides

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A Chinook wind is a weather phenomenon that creates warm, dry air that blows down the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The name Chinook means "snow eater," as the wind occurs most frequently in winter and can disr... More » Science Weather & Tides