tropical cyclone


: a cyclone originating in the tropics
specifically : hurricane

Examples of tropical cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In typical tropical cyclones, Thunberg said, winds are concentrated around the eye. David Sharp,, 16 Sep. 2023 Floods from nearly a foot of rain from a tropical cyclone killed at least 46 people and displaced more than 25,000 people. Theodora Yu, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 All seven ocean basins where tropical cyclones can form have had a storm reach Category 5 strength so far this year, including Hurricane Jova, which reached Category 5 status in the eastern Pacific earlier this week. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 9 Sep. 2023 For example, the National Hurricane Center actively monitors the location, formation and trajectory of tropical cyclones. Darren Ruddell, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2023 There is consensus among scientists that tropical cyclones are becoming more powerful because of climate change and that the likelihood of major ones is increasing. Mike Ives,, 2 Sep. 2023 Have warm waters strengthened other tropical cyclones? Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 Hilary’s setting records in four states brings the number of new records up to nine in just the past six years, and research continues to attribute heavier rainfall rates and amounts produced by tropical cyclones to climate change. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 22 Aug. 2023 The last one to damage the region was in 1858, when a tropical cyclone with 75 mph winds nearly made landfall. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tropical cyclone was in 1851

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“Tropical cyclone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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