tropical cyclone


Definition of tropical cyclone 

: a cyclone originating in the tropics specifically : hurricane

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Forecasters expect Chris to weaken to a strong post-tropical cyclone on Thursday. Hurricane Chris, CBS News, "Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore as it swirls off East Coast," 11 July 2018 Many models for future climates show an increase in wind shear, the crisscrossing high-altitude winds that tear up incipient tropical cyclones. David Fleshler,, "The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming," 7 July 2018 The system has only a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next five days. Doug Phillips,, "Holiday will not be independent of thunder boomers; and a look at the tropics," 4 July 2018 In a stark warning of climate change to come, a pair of tropical cyclones wiped out much of 2017’s Madagascan crop, sending prices higher than $600 a kilo. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 Areas of Houston would get as much as 60 inches of rain in the worst tropical cyclone event in U.S. history, and the Stephens’ large, two-story home had standing water on the lower floor up to 4 feet. Tod Leonard,, "Hurricane gave junior golfer Allyn Stephens perspective in game, life," 9 July 2018 The hurricane center does not expect any tropical cyclone activity in the next couple of days. Stephen Ruiz,, "Orlando weather: More afternoon rain likely on the way," 15 June 2018 The storm, which had been downgraded from hurricane status, was expected to continue weakening Thursday, and become a post-tropical cyclone later Thursday. John Hilliard,, "Beaches reopen, but officials warn swimmers of rip current risk along southern Mass. coast," 12 July 2018 The difference in temperature and air pressure between the tropics and poles is reduced, slowing the winds that move tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Why do some hurricanes move slowly?," 8 July 2018

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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