Monday, May 5, 2008

Cyclone?

Has anyone else been wondering what hit Myanmar/Burma lately? Personally, I am not at all sure what a "Cyclone" is. Typically, every explanation is vague, or so detailed as to be useless. But I finally found one. Its a hurricane. All the names are regional, but they are the same sort of storm:
  • "hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
  • "typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
  • "severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
  • "severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
  • "tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

3 comments:

John Bossert said...

I kinda knew that. Cyclone is a hurricane in other parts of the world. But I think I only knew that because a similar thing came up a few years ago. Weird.

Here's a question. . . the hurricanes we always see in the south east US always spin, I believe, in a counter clockwise direction when viewed from above. Do hurricanes in the southern hemisphere spin the same way, or in the opposite direction? Hmmmm

shoobe01 said...

Apparently, yes. Found that out also when I got the list of definitions.

But I generally knew about the Coriolis effect for... some reason. Just something that stuck in my head.

John Bossert said...

Don't the little whirlpools that you seen at the bathtub drain as it swirls downward also go in the opposite direction on the other half of the planet? Weird.