What's the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon?
Answer: The Location Where the Storm Occurs
Technically speaking, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are actually all the same thing, it just depends where on earth these storms occur. Per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.
The ingredients for these storms include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with this phenomenon.
In the Atlantic, hurricane season officially runs June 1 to November 30. However, while 97 percent of tropical activity occurs during this time period, there is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months.
As we mentioned in our newsletter, the Hurricane (now tropical storm) that just slammed Texas inflicted damage that FEMA says will cause relief operations to last for years. If you’re looking for a way to help out we recommend donating money to these non-profits. In the words of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the storm has truly been “horrific”, but it has also shown neighbors and strangers coming together to rescue people, animals, and even American Flags.