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If a cyclone or hurricane began in the southern hemisphere and moved to the northern hemisphere would the Coriolis Effect cause the cyclone to switch the direction that it is spinning?

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10/28/2009

The Coriolis effect actually stops any hurricane or cyclone from crossing the equator. It's like a "Coriolis barrier", if you will.

Hurricanes and typhoons are essentially "heat transfer" effects and almost continuously move AWAY from the equator, to the north or south.