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

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On Sunday, a tropical storm formed in the northern Caribbean Sea. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Michael is a rare, but not unprecedented, October storm," 8 Oct. 2018 The Almanac predicts some tropical storms to land as early as May, plus more disturbances in mid-June and then again in mid-September and mid-October. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Summer 2019 Is Going to Be Extra Hot and Humid, According to 'Farmers' Almanac'," 25 Apr. 2019 During an El Niño, strong upper-level winds roar across the Caribbean and Atlantic, tearing apart developing tropical storms. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Atlantic hurricane season forecast changes for the better with fewer storms predicted," 3 July 2018 El Niño features warmer water in the eastern Pacific equatorial region, creating greater wind shear in the Atlantic, and thus, fewer tropical storms. Taylor Ward, CNN, "Get ready for an above-average hurricane season in 2018," 24 May 2018 AccuWeather expects 12 to 15 tropical storms to form in the Atlantic and six to eight of those storms to strengthen into hurricanes. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Hurricanes raged across the Atlantic last year. Here's a first look at the new season. | Charlotte Observer," 2 Apr. 2018 The area is under tropical storm and flash flood watches into the weekend. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy," 13 Sep. 2018 That would break the state’s rain record for a tropical storm or hurricane, the Washington Post reports. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence will slow down. That’s a bad thing.," 12 Sep. 2018 These numbers make Florence comparable to last year’s Hurricane Harvey, which stalled over the Houston area and broke the national rainfall record for a single tropical storm. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tropical storm

1809, in the meaning defined above

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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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