What’s the difference?
Hello everyone! Recently the weather is slowly but surely cooling down as we enter Autumn. And as we all know, it is currently typhoon season in Japan.
We generally describe typhoons as a natural phenomenon where it’s a big storm with strong winds and rain.
However,did you know that there are other names for these storms?
That is: Cyclone, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tornado and Twister.
So how are they different?
Firstly, cyclones are essentially any type of circular wind storms. But recently it is commonly used to describe the strong tropical storms, such as off the coast of India.
Hurricanes are huge wind storms that form on water.This is also used to specifically describe the wind storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Common areas include the Caribbean Islands and East-Coast America.
Typhoons are the same as Hurricanes but are formed on the Pacific Ocean. Common areas include Japan, Philippines and China.
Tornadoes on the other hand, are wind storms that form on land and are generally much smaller compared to Hurricanes/Typhoons. Often these are the ones where you can actually see the funnel-shaped clouds.
Maybe you’ve heard of twister if you have watched American TV. Twister is simply the casual term for tornado in the States.
So there you have it. 5 different words to describe a phenomenon that may seem like the same thing but actually have small differences.
Hope you found this interesting! Looking forward to seeing you in class soon and take care!