Are hurricanes tornadoes and typhoons different?
Hurricanes and typhoons are really two words for the same thing.
The only difference is where they occur. Both are defined as
large-scale tropical cyclones with sustained winds of at least 74
mph. The only difference is that such as storm is called a
hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific, and is called a
Typhoon in the western Pacific.
Tornadoes are completely different however.
Here is a comparison.
Characteristics of a hurricanes/typhoons:
- Are their own, large scale storm systems
- Are several hundred miles across
- Take days to form, and last for days
- Occur only over warm ocean water
Characteristics of tornadoes
- Are dependent on a larger parent thunderstorm
- Are small-scale vorticies typically no more than a few hundred
yards wide, with the very largest being a mile or two wide.
- Usually form in under an hour and last a few minutes. Many last
less than a minute, with durations over an hour being rare.
- Generally form over land.
- Are usually made visible by a condensation funnel.