tropical cyclone


Definition of tropical cyclone

: a cyclone originating in the tropics specifically : hurricane

Examples of tropical cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The busiest tropical cyclone basin is in the western Pacific, where there are the most landfalls and the shift westward is twice as big as the global average. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Tropical cyclones are nearing land more, except in Atlantic," 28 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, the former Tropical Storm Gamma weakened to a post-tropical cyclone by Monday night. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricane Delta grows to major Category 4 storm; part of Florida in cone," 6 Oct. 2020 And Teddy, now a a post-tropical cyclone, has reached Nova Scotia. Carlie Wells,, "Hurricane Center: Beta to bring rain to Louisiana; disturbance over Cuba dissipates," 23 Sep. 2020 Former Tropical Depression Vicky, now a post-tropical cyclone, was about 1,050 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and soon expected to fizzle. Victoria Ballard,, "Teddy is now a Category 4 hurricane, and here comes yet another system in the Gulf of Mexico," 17 Sep. 2020 Laura, now a post-tropical cyclone, is moving east towards the Mid-Atlantic states with winds of about 25 mph. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "As Laura heads east, hundreds of thousands are left behind with no power ahead of hot weekend," 29 Aug. 2020 The National Hurricane Center said the system was becoming better organized on Friday and gave it a 70% chance of becoming the next tropical cyclone. Keven Lerner,, "Tropical Storm Eta could debut next week, the first appearance ever for the Greek alphabet’s 7th letter," 30 Oct. 2020 The province’s infrastructure had been hit by tropical cyclone Kenneth in April 2019 — the strongest ever to hit the African continent — destroying key bridges that have been only partially rebuilt. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "With Village Beheadings, Islamic State Intensifies Attacks in Mozambique," 11 Nov. 2020 And while North America generally has the best historical hurricane data, scientists still need to apply the theory to other tropical cyclone basins, says Chavas. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Hurricanes are lasting longer, staying stronger, over land," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tropical cyclone

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Tropical cyclone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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