Typhoon vs Hurricane?

What is the difference between a Typhoon and a Hurricane? Why is that in the Atlantic they call it a Hurricane, but in the Pacific they call it a Typhoon?

asked by Guest in Weather | 6819 views | 08-10-2009 at 12:16 AM

Typhoons can be much larger then Hurricanes probably because the Pacific Ocean is much larger. Just look at Typhoon Tip, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded.
Hurricane is a Carib word; typhoon is a Chinese word.

Both hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones. Hurricanes are a bit more specifically defined than typhoons. The American Heritage dictionary defines a hurricane as a severe tropical cyclone originating in the equatorial regions of the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea, traveling north, northwest, or northeast from its point of origin, and usually involving heavy rains. The same source describes a typhoon as a tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific or Indian oceans.

answered by Zee | 08-10-2009 at 12:18 AM

thanks you saved me of this question on my project

answered by Guest | 03-16-2010 at 11:39 PM

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