According to Collins English Dictionary, "cyclone" describes a violent tropical storm or hurricane. In Australia and New Zealand, "cyclone" is an adjective used to describe fencing that is made of interlaced wire and met... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with sustained winds reaching speeds of at least 74 miles per hour, according to The Weather Channel. Hurricanes are classified on a scale of 1 to 5 using the scale Saffir-Simpson hurric... More »

According to, Hurricane Katrina formed after the warm rising air in the tropics formed into a cyclone. The hurricane began in the central Bahamas and came ashore as a Category 1 storm in southern Florida. After ... More »

A hurricane occurs in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, while a cyclone occurs in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. Other than this distinction, there is no other difference between hurricanes and cyclones, as these ... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

Signs of a hurricane begin about 36 hours before landfall and include changes in wind patterns, cloud cover and precipitation. As the storm approaches, the intensity of these changes increases. Meteorologists are aware o... More »

The word "hurricane" comes from the Spanish "huracán," which in turn probably derived from the Native American Taino language of the Carib people. In Taino, Hurican is variously the god of evil or the god of the storm, a... More »

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a hurricane is an organized thunderstorm that occurs over water and has sustained winds that reach maximum speeds over 74 miles per hour. These storms ori... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms