Tropical Cyclones

A tropical cyclone is an especially intense lowpressure system at low latitudes, away from any front, including a ring of particularly strong winds around the centre. Tropical cyclones (TCs) are called hurricanes or typhoons in the west Atlantic or north-west Pacific, respectively. The man in the street commonly calls them simply 'cyclones', but this is wrong because they differ from the cyclones discussed in Section 13.4, which are larger, weaker and encountered only at higher latitudes. Also, TCs are individually named (Note 13.E).

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