tropical cyclone


Definition of tropical cyclone

: a cyclone originating in the tropics specifically : hurricane

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The birth and life of tropical cyclones in a flowing, churning atmosphere is amazingly complex. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What pushed 2017’s Atlantic hurricane season into overdrive?," 28 Sep. 2018 Another tropical cyclone, Typhoon Yutu also very quickly intensified, transforming from a tropical storm to a massive dangerous typhoon— with 180 mph winds — in just two days. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 At least one person was killed in Virginia on Monday after two apparent tornadoes touched down in the state as Florence — which has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone — continues to leave its mark along the eastern seaboard. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Florence spawns reported tornadoes in Virginia, leaves at least 1 dead," 18 Sep. 2018 Chances of cyclone formation and tropical storm conditions on land too small for now for @NHC_Atlantic to issue advisories on potential tropical cyclone. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Rare May tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico this week," 14 May 2018 For example, the new FV3 model does not have the problem the GFS model did with over-intensifying most tropical cyclones or sometimes generating tropical systems with two centers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NOAA is about to make some big changes to its global weather model," 24 Oct. 2018 Normally, a landfalling tropical cyclone just keeps on going inland, gradually dissipating and raining itself out. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence," 10 Sep. 2018 The rainfall totals have surpassed those experienced during Hurricane Floyd (24.06) in 1999 and now is the wettest tropical cyclone in North Carolina with numbers surpassing 30 inches if rainfall totals are accurate. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Florence is the wettest tropical cyclone on record for North Carolina," 15 Sep. 2018 The hurricane center said there was a possibility that Beryl’s remnant could regenerate into a tropical cyclone in a few days while moving across the Bahamas. Washington Post, "Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of tropical cyclone

1851, in the meaning defined above

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