Cyclone vs. Tornado vs. Typhoon vs. Hurricane

Names of different types of storm confuse us. We shall discuss here the name of  four types of storms: cyclone, tornado, typhoon, and hurricane.

    Define Cyclone:
    Cyclone is a violent tropical storm in which strong winds move in a circle around an area of low pressure. A cyclone crosses the speed of 118 km/h.

    Define Tornado:

    Tornado is a violent wind storm consisting of a tall column of air which spins around very fast and causes a lot of damage. The average speed of tornado is between 64 to 160 km/h, and its length can be 250 feet across.

    Define Typhoon:

    Typhoon is a violent tropical storm with very strong winds, which occurs especially in the region of the Philippines, India, and the China Sea. 

    Define Hurricane:
    Hurricane is an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very strong wind that occurs especially in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean.

    What are the differences between Cyclone, Tornado, Typhoon and Hurricane ?

    Cyclone is a storm of low area with high winds rotating like a circle, as cyclone origins from Greek word "Kuklos" that means circle or wheel. It moves from high atmospheric pressure to low.
    It is a general term for a low-area storm with high winds rotating about a center of low atmospheric pressure. 
    Typhoon and Hurricane are a type of cyclone.

    Tornado, however, is a different kind of strong wind formation. It is a very strong storm: it has funnel shape; it spins around very fast. One can differentiate between tornado and cyclone by their shape: cyclone moves in a circle in a wide area, whereas tornado spins in a small area but taller than cyclone.

    According to
    A tropical cyclone is an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans. It is also called a hurricane or a typhoon. It is characterized by low atmospheric pressure and heavy rain, and its winds exceed 119 km (74 miles) per hour.

    Typhoon is just a violent storm with lots of winds, which can uproot many trees.

    Hurricane is violent wind storm, with a diameter of 500-1000 miles. It moves at 80-130 m.p.h.

    Reason for their name:

    Cyclone, Tornado, Typhoon, Hurricane are all the same weather phenomenon; they are named depending on where they occur.

    In the Atlantic and northern Pacific, the storms are called "hurricanes," after the Caribbean god of evil, named Hurrican.

    In the northwestern Pacific, the southeastern Indian Ocean, and southwestern Pacific the same powerful storms are called "typhoons."  In India its English name match with Hindi name: typhoon = तूफ़ान.

    In a nutshell
    Cyclone, Typhoon, and Hurricane are all the same weather phenomenon. They are named differently because of their locations.
    Tornado is a different kind of storm.

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    1. Such misinformation. Typhoon isn't just "a violent storm"! It is similar to hurricane. Hurricane are name given to cyclonic storm forming over Atlantic and east Pacific while typhoon is for storm forming over west Pacific.

      Tornado are for cyclonic storm forming over land and is by nature smaller in diameter, though no less destructive in terms of wind speed.

      And they measure hundreds of km in width AND no, tornado isn't "taller" than hurricane.

      Seriously get your facts right.


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