tropical storm


Definition of tropical storm

: a tropical cyclone with strong winds of over 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour but less than hurricane intensity

Examples of tropical storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There has already been one tropical storm so far this season. Leigh Morgan, al, 9 June 2021 The Gulf of Mexico is the most common tropical storm breeding ground during the first 10 days of June as sea surface temperatures begin to warm, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly data. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 1 June 2021 Each counterclockwise swirl of wind or burst of puffy clouds there has the potential to organize into a life-threatening tropical storm. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 A few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration analyzed the probability of U.S. coastlines’ being hit by a tropical storm based on storm hits from 1944 and 1999. Athena Masson, The Conversation, 27 May 2021 The 2021 tropical storm and hurricane season – which doesn't officially begin until June 1 – appears to be jumping the gun yet again. Editors, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Hurricane Zeta made its first landfall in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 storm on Oct. 26, 2020, before weakening to tropical storm. Chris Perkins,, 12 May 2021 The earliest tropical storm to ever form in the eastern Pacific Ocean s churning 1,300 miles south of San Diego and could get into position to send elevated surf to Southern California, according to the National Weather Service. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 Then a tropical storm sent a huge amount of moisture up the coast from Mexico, running headlong into the heat wave. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tropical storm

1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tropical storm was in 1809

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15 Jun 2021

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“Tropical storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tropical storm

: a powerful storm that begins in the tropics and that has winds which are not as strong as those of a hurricane

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Kids Definition of tropical storm

: a storm that begins in the tropics with winds that are not as strong as those of a hurricane

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