What is this all about?
|30 August 2011||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Travel & Cruising world|
Maybe some of you are cruising in the Caribbean at this moment? Maybe with a little fear because you are sailing during the hurricane season of the North West Atlantic area (which starts from the 1st of June until the 30th of November). Medias always talk about hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons but I never realised what the exact difference between these names is?… what about you? In fact there is no difference. All these weather phenomena are the same. It is a bit like the delicious fish called “loup” (wolf-fish) in France. In fact you can only catch / order a “loup” in the south of France because you have to call it a “Bar” (“common European sea bass”) if you are on the atlantic coast! Same thing, but with different names in different places.
But to come back to our purpose, this non-frontal low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters is called differently according to where the phenomenon starts as you can see on this map:
Hurricane comes from “Hurracan”, which was the misfortune god of the Caribbean Indians, cyclone comes from “kuklos” in ancient greek, which means circle, and typhoon has several origins, one of which is the name “taifeng”, which means strong wind.
The Colorado University publish every year their forecast for the coming hurricane season. According to them, this year should be a normal year but still active. The average number of hurricanes per year from 1950 to 2000 was 8,2 hurricanes of which 2,3 were really serious (from category 3, up to the maximum category 5).
If you want to know more about hurricanes, I recommend you visit the following websites:
– Images of a hurricane birth: clear and simple;
– Weather Underground: you can follow in real time the birth and the progression of hurricanes or typhoons or tropical cyclone;
– Stormpulse: Ipad application is coming from this website to follow hurricane close to US coasts.