tropical cyclone


Definition of tropical cyclone

: a cyclone originating in the tropics specifically : hurricane

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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 There are also separate lists for typhoons in the western Pacific and tropical cyclones in Australia and the Indian Ocean. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hurricane names Harvey, Irma and Maria officially 'retired'," 12 Apr. 2018 Hurricanes and typhoons are the same type of storm; both are tropical cyclones, but those that occur in the Pacific west of the International Date Line are called typhoons. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind," 16 Sep. 2018 Four tropical cyclones are swirling in the Pacific Ocean this week, at least one of which is a significant threat to land. Angela Fritz, The Seattle Times, "Four cyclones are churning across the Pacific. Here’s what they look like from space.," 7 Aug. 2018 Neither tropical cyclones nor earthquakes threaten the area. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season’s second tropical cyclone has formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Brett Clarkson,, "Tropical depression forms in central Atlantic; could become Tropical Storm Beryl | Video," 5 July 2018

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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