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Question by Clover
Submitted on 1/20/2004
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is there any difference between typhoons, hurricanes, cyclones or tropical storms?


Answer by WeatherGirl77
Submitted on 6/27/2004
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The only difference between a Typhoon, Hurricane and Severe Tropical Cyclone are their names. They all share the same characteristics and have winds over 64 knots (74 MPH) EXCEPT for Tropical Storms, which only have winds of 34 - 63 knots (39 - 73 MPH).

 

Answer by jdvernoy@sbcglobal.net
Submitted on 8/8/2004
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I was under the impression that hurricanes spin counter-clockwise and typhoons spin clockwise.  Experiences many of each over the past 40 years.  

 

Answer by runeboy
Submitted on 11/29/2004
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there is a difference bicides the name it is the one only occures in a certain part tornadoes can come anywhere typhoons only start at a place near water

 

Answer by Miccibella
Submitted on 2/16/2005
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I have found a very good answer to this question at www.arielchristianacademy.com.  I quote the following,
"What's the difference between a cyclone, a hurricane, and a tornado?


In each the wind spins around a low-pressure core. They differ in the speed
of the spin, the size of the storm, it's duration, and how
fast it travels.


A tornado has the tightest focus--generally less than a mile across.
Although usually over in a few minutes, its wind can rotate at up to an
incredible 300 mph and speed ahead at 40 mph. Hurricane winds typically may
swirl at 100 mph, but that's over a diameter of maybe 600 miles. With a
forward speed of 10-20 mph, they can last for at least a week. A cyclone
moves ahead at about 25 mph. It's wind doesn't swirl
at more than 60 mph but that's over an area of as much as 1000 miles, and
it can last a couple of weeks. If this one is forecast, build an ark.


(Source: THE HANDY SCIENCE ANSWER BOOK)"

 

Answer by cody523
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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Hurricanes and Typhoons are different because they spin different weys.Other then that they are both very strong.

 

Answer by cody91996229
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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Hurricanes and Typhoons are different because they spin different weys.Other then that they are both very strong.

 

Answer by cody91996229
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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Hurricanes and Typhoons are different because they spin different ways.Other than that they are both very strong.

 

Answer by lop.ijh
Submitted on 7/28/2005
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Answer by Whitney Willingham
Submitted on 9/30/2005
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I am stupid and  retarded!

 

Answer by E.*t*'s Baby*Gurl
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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A typhoon is what hurricanes are called in the Pacific Ocean. Both hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones. Hurricanes are a bit more specifically defined than typhoons. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a hurricane as a severe tropical cyclone originating in the equatorial regions of the Atlantic Ocean or the Carribean Sea, traveling north, northwest, or northeast from it's point of origin, and usually involving heavy rains. The same source describes a typhoon as a tropical cyclone occuring in the western Pacific or the Indian Oceans.

 

Answer by 1 biig mouth
Submitted on 11/15/2005
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they are the same kind of storm except different names.

 

Answer by dapnepep
Submitted on 3/7/2006
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i dont think so

 

Answer by justme
Submitted on 3/23/2006
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If you go to any other website it will tell you that the name of the ocean of where the storm came from is the only difference.  I happen to disagree.  A storm that forms over the Pacific is indeed called a typhoon, but not always.  If it is formed over the east coast of the Pacific it is called a hurricane.  Also if a storm is formed over the Atlantic Ocean it is called a Hurricane.  Yes, they do have different names,  but otherwise they are simply the same.

 

Answer by pastirik91
Submitted on 6/14/2006
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Hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones.  A tropical cyclone in the Pacific or Indian Ocean is called a Typhoon.  A tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean is called a Hurricane.

 

Answer by GEMMA
Submitted on 10/26/2006
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HELLO

 

Answer by simo
Submitted on 6/24/2007
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a cyclone is a high pressure mass, and a hurricane is only in two places of the world

 

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