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 In the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, a tropical cyclone is often just referred to as a cyclone. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Typhoons, Cyclones, and Hurricanes: Naming the World's Most Powerful Storms," 2 Dec. 2019 Five tropical cyclones formed in the Gulf of Mexico this year. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane season 2019 ends: Another lucky year for the Alabama coast," 30 Nov. 2019 Also this year, five tropical cyclones formed in the Gulf of Mexico, which ties a record with 2003 and 1957 for the most storms to form in that region. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ferocious hurricane season that saw 18 named storms comes to an end," 28 Nov. 2019 Also this year, five tropical cyclones formed in the Gulf of Mexico, which ties a record with 2003 and 1957 for the most storms to form in that region. David Fleshler,, "A fierce hurricane season is just about over," 26 Nov. 2019 In addition, hurricanes (or tropical cyclones) have allowed pigs to escape ranches. Tom Stienstra,, "On the hunt for Kauai’s wild pigs," 11 Oct. 2019 On top of sea-level trends, the report notes that tropical cyclones are producing greater rainfall and storm-surge flooding events. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Climate stakes are high for ice and oceans, IPCC report explains," 25 Sep. 2019 Heavy rainstorms are also becoming more frequent and tropical cyclones more intense. The Economist, "Climate change is forcing Asian cities to rethink their flood defences," 19 Sep. 2019 The storm has transitioned from a hurricane-category storm to a post-hurricane tropical cyclone, and is currently churning toward Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hurricane Dorian: Where the Storm Hit, How to Help, and Where You Can Still Travel," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tropical cyclone

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Tropical cyclone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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