hurricanes FAQ

I was reading the comments over on Jeff Masters’ blog on weather underground, watching Rita grow into a cat 5, and they were talking about Typhoon Tip, the largest recorded megastorm ever, in 1979. It had sustained winds of 190MPH and covered over 1000 square miles. And I got to wondering — what’s the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon?

Google to the rescue! There’s an FAQ about all this stuff. Its very…meteorological.

FAQ: HURRICANES, TYPHOONS AND TROPICAL CYCLONES (Part 1 of 2)
FAQ: HURRICANES, TYPHOONS AND TROPICAL CYCLONES (Part 1 of 2)

(To answer the actual question: typhoons and hurricanes are the same thing. They’re just named differently in different parts of the world).

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  1. The word for Hurricane (Hurac?n in Spanish) was coined here in Guatemala. Hurak?n is a maya word which means heart of the heavens which is related to the god of gods, Storm.

    Hurac?n in Spanish:?
    http://etimologias.dechile.net/?huracan

    Also the norm is that if the storm is on the Atlantic Ocean, it is call a Hurricane; if the storm is on the Pacific Ocean, it is call a Typhoon. Nonetheless, I have heard either name in some occasions regardless where the storm is happening.

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