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Question by Linkschibob
Submitted on 2/25/2004
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what is the difference between cyclones and tornadoes


Answer by mark
Submitted on 4/21/2004
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what is the difference between tropical cyclones and tornadoes?

 

Answer by loz
Submitted on 4/29/2004
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i don't know you have to tell me the answer to what is the differance beetween cyclones and tornadoes

 

Answer by bob
Submitted on 5/17/2004
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nothing

 

Answer by joe
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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they are the same you idiot!

 

Answer by knowitall
Submitted on 9/2/2004
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Tornadoes: dark, funnel-shaped cloud containing violently rotating air that develops below a heavy cumulonimbus cloud mass and extends toward the earth. The funnel twists about, rises and falls, and where it reaches the earth causes great destruction. The diameter of a tornado varies from a few feet to a mile; the rotating winds attain velocities of 200 to 300 mi (320480 km) per hr, and the updraft at the center may reach 200 mi per hr.

cyclone, atmospheric pressure distribution in which there is a low central pressure relative to the surrounding pressure. The resulting pressure gradient, combined with the Coriolis effect, causes air to circulate about the core of lowest pressure in a counterclockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and in a clockwise direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Near the surface of the earth, the frictional drag on the air moving over land or water causes it to spiral gradually inward toward lower pressures. This inward movement of air is compensated for by rising currents near the center, which are cooled by expansion when they reach the lower pressures of higher altitudes. The cooling, in turn, greatly increases the relative humidity of the air, so that "lows" are generally characterized by cloudiness and high humidity; they are thus often referred to simply as storms.

Cyclones in middle latitudes move generally from west to east along with the prevailing winds and cover 500 to 1,000 mi (8001,610 km) each day; tropical cyclones usually move toward the west with the flow of the trade winds during their formative stages, then curve toward the poles around subtropical anticyclones.  
See D. Longshore, Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

 

Answer by knowitall
Submitted on 9/2/2004
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Tornadoes: dark, funnel-shaped cloud containing violently rotating air that develops below a heavy cumulonimbus cloud mass and extends toward the earth. The funnel twists about, rises and falls, and where it reaches the earth causes great destruction. The diameter of a tornado varies from a few feet to a mile; the rotating winds attain velocities of 200 to 300 mi (320480 km) per hr, and the updraft at the center may reach 200 mi per hr.

cyclone, atmospheric pressure distribution in which there is a low central pressure relative to the surrounding pressure. The resulting pressure gradient, combined with the Coriolis effect, causes air to circulate about the core of lowest pressure in a counterclockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and in a clockwise direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Near the surface of the earth, the frictional drag on the air moving over land or water causes it to spiral gradually inward toward lower pressures. This inward movement of air is compensated for by rising currents near the center, which are cooled by expansion when they reach the lower pressures of higher altitudes. The cooling, in turn, greatly increases the relative humidity of the air, so that "lows" are generally characterized by cloudiness and high humidity; they are thus often referred to simply as storms.

Cyclones in middle latitudes move generally from west to east along with the prevailing winds and cover 500 to 1,000 mi (8001,610 km) each day; tropical cyclones usually move toward the west with the flow of the trade winds during their formative stages, then curve toward the poles around subtropical anticyclones.  
See D. Longshore, Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

 

Answer by doomraider
Submitted on 10/18/2004
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I aint never herd of an on land cyclone.  they ARE diferent.  You idiot.

 

Answer by Random 1
Submitted on 10/19/2004
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what is the poin of this stupid site you are all gay and this helps me to no point. fools get a life

 

Answer by Random 1
Submitted on 10/19/2004
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what is the poin of this stupid site you are all gay and this helps me to no point. fools get a life

 

Answer by jamie
Submitted on 11/10/2004
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i think they are the same

 

Answer by pillowman
Submitted on 11/16/2004
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i like tornadoes, they make me fart
icant be ina cyclone becausethey are very hot and i will fart but like i had a vindaloo or something hot

 

Answer by Brittany
Submitted on 12/16/2004
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What's the difference between hurricanes,typhoons,cyclones and tornadoes?

 

Answer by kayla
Submitted on 2/4/2005
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well y don't u tell me?

 

Answer by WOOGIE BOOGIE
Submitted on 2/16/2005
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I AM CRAZY U GUYS ARE ALL NERDS U GUYS NO TOO MUCH
I DONT REALLY CARE ABOUT ALL THIS TERRIBLE
STUFF LIKE CYCLONES AND TORNADOES TO ME THEY ARE ALL REALLY BORING THINGS WHICH GO THROUGH ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER
I DONT CARE ABOUT BORIN MUSH LIKE THAT DAMN STUFF

 

Answer by brittany
Submitted on 3/1/2005
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The difference between tornadoes and cyclones is that a cyclone is actually a form of a hurrican that forms in the water and comes onto land like a tornado.They are kind of similar the only thing that is different about them is that a cyclone forms in water and comes onto land and a tornado forms in the sky and comes to earth.

 

Answer by Michael
Submitted on 3/12/2005
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The difference is that cyclones have the calm eye but the tornado doesn't. Also the tornado goes round and round unlike the cyclone.

 

Answer by showoff
Submitted on 4/4/2005
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there are not the same dum ass tornados move across land and a cyclone is a water tornado du

 

Answer by ali
Submitted on 4/13/2005
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i don't think they are the same...cyclones do not spin in a tight vortex like shape, do they? they are just super windy and stuff.

 

Answer by fats
Submitted on 5/10/2005
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i don't have a clue

 

Answer by pat
Submitted on 5/16/2005
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bla bla bla bla, wrong!!!!!!!

 

Answer by Doo
Submitted on 5/30/2005
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A tornado is a cyclone, but when comparing a tornado with a tropical cyclone there is a difference. The size of a tropical cyclone is much larger than that of a tornado. Also the tropical cyclone can only form at sea or near the sea and it lasts a lot longer than a tornado, which only has a short life span and can form both in the sea and on land.

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 6/14/2005
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i don't know

 

Answer by pumpinikel
Submitted on 7/19/2005
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Your both stupid,one because u didnt no the answer and two because u like geography, its rubbish!!!

 

Answer by Momo
Submitted on 8/27/2005
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Tornadoes are powerful, rotating funnel of air with a wind velocity up to 300  mi per hour whereas Tropical cyclones are giant, rotating tropical storms with winds of 74 mi per hour.

Tornadoes form when a mass of cool, dry air collides with warm, humid air, producing a strong updraft of spinning air on the underside of a cloud whereas Tropical cyclones form as strong winds pick up moisture over warm surface waters fo the tropical ocean and start to spin as a result of the rotation of the Earth.

 

Answer by Scotty
Submitted on 9/1/2005
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No you doochebags there has to be a difference!

 

Answer by nnm
Submitted on 9/26/2005
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Are tornadoes the same as cyclones ?


 

Answer by bum
Submitted on 9/28/2005
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are u real

 

Answer by gramps1911
Submitted on 9/29/2005
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i like playing outside

 

Answer by ruchita ranm
Submitted on 10/12/2005
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cyclones have a bigger diameter as compared to tornadoes.
cyclones are usually accompanied by a rainfall but tornadoes are not  accompanied by a rainfall

 

Answer by Tori
Submitted on 11/21/2005
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For one, they are NOT the same.

Cyclones/Hurricanes/Typhoons are born on the sea, and Tornadoes are born on land.

JOE - DON'T CALL SOMEONE AN IDIOT WHEN YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S AN IDIOT!!!

 

Answer by bob
Submitted on 1/16/2006
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i like gravy and trees!

 

Answer by spongebob squarepants.dah!
Submitted on 2/9/2006
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a cyclone spells c-y-c-l-o-n-e and tornadoes spell t-o-r-n-a-d-o-e-s.the spelling!dah

 

Answer by Ally
Submitted on 3/7/2006
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HAHA.. you guys don't know lol......IT IS....>>the eye of a cyclone is calm, whereas the eye of a tornado is made up of descending air surrounded by a strong upward current.  >>the wind speed of a tornado is significantly stronger than that of a cyclone.  >>cyclones lose energy when they move over land.  >>cyclones and tornadoes are measured using different methods.  <<>> something else...<<>> cyclones form over the ocean/sea whereas tornadoes form over land.... soo there ya go fellas... enjoy :) xoxo

 

Answer by wh
Submitted on 3/21/2006
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Not the same. Tropical cyclone, Hurricane and Typhoon are the same, different names for different parts of the world. These form over the ocean at the center of a low pressure system Tornadoes do not

 

Answer by me
Submitted on 4/11/2006
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They are the same

 

Answer by SPAGHETTI ALFREDO
Submitted on 5/10/2006
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the difference is that a cyclone a a twirling rush of air and a tornado starts on water and brings the water on land and flood where it went.

 

Answer by >=(
Submitted on 5/24/2006
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no they are not!!!god these pplz man

 

Answer by tiff
Submitted on 7/12/2006
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i think that this web site should have the correct answer so after u type your answer u can get the answer, &

 

Answer by Big T
Submitted on 7/22/2006
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It is my understanding that a Tornado is in the northern hemisphere and a cyclone is in the southern hemisphere and they rotate in opposite directions. I would realy like to know for possitive.

 

Answer by cool person
Submitted on 9/14/2006
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a cyclone is a hurricane and a tornado is smaller than a hurricane

 

Answer by bla bla
Submitted on 10/24/2006
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Answer by Ding Dong
Submitted on 10/26/2006
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Answer by Jazz
Submitted on 11/7/2006
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While both tropical cyclones and tornadoes are atmospheric vortices, they have little in common. Tornadoes have diameters on the scale of hundreds of meters and are usually produced from a single thunderstorm. A tropical cyclone, however, has a diameter on the scale of hundreds of kilometers and contains many thunderstorms. Tornadoes are primarily an over-land phenomena as solar heating of the land surface usually contributes toward the development of the thunderstorm that spawns the vortex (though over-water tornadoes have occurred). In contrast, tropical cyclones are purely an oceanic phenomena - they die out over-land due to a loss of a moisture source. Lastly, tropical cyclones have a lifetime that is measured in days, while tornadoes typically last on the scale of minutes.

 

Answer by Emma
Submitted on 4/17/2007
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Answer by ali
Submitted on 4/25/2007
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Answer by ssshhheesh
Submitted on 5/17/2007
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Answer by steph
Submitted on 5/21/2007
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the diference is tornados have more wind, cyclones have lots of rain & wind

 

Answer by lol
Submitted on 7/2/2007
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lol no they arnt Joe, you're the idiot. cyclones are formed on the water and tornados are formed on the land.

Heaps good knowledge you have there Joe u fukn wanker.

 

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