What is a typhoon?
and if it is like a Tsunami how are they alike or different?
- catzpawLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
A tropical cyclone is a storm system fueled by the heat released when moist air rises and the water vapor in it condenses. The term describes the storm's origin in the tropics and its cyclonic nature, which means that its circulation is counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Tropical cyclones are distinguished from other cyclonic windstorms such as nor'easters, European windstorms, and polar lows by the heat mechanism that fuels them, which makes them "warm core" storm systems.
Depending on their location and strength, there are various terms by which tropical cyclones are known, such as hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm and tropical depression.
Tropical cyclones can produce extremely strong winds, tornadoes, torrential rain, high waves, and storm surges. They are born and sustained over large bodies of warm water and lose their strength over land; this explains why coastal regions can receive much damage while inland regions are relatively safe. The heavy rains and storm surges can produce extensive flooding. Although their effects on human populations can be devastating, tropical cyclones also can have beneficial effects by relieving drought conditions. They carry heat away from the tropics, an important mechanism of the global atmospheric circulation that maintains equilibrium in the earth's troposphere.
You could get more information from the link below...Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon
- eric lLv 61 decade ago
A hurricane or typhoon (sometimes simply referred to as a tropical cyclone, as opposed to a depression or storm) is a system with sustained winds of at least 33 m/s (64 kt, 74 mph, or 118 km/h). A cyclone of this intensity tends to develop an eye, an area of relative calm (and lowest atmospheric pressure) at the center of circulation. The eye is often visible in satellite images as a small, circular, cloud-free spot. Surrounding the eye is the eyewall, an area about 10–50 mi (16–80 km) wide in which the strongest thunderstorms and winds circulate around the storm's center. Maximum sustained winds in the strongest tropical cyclones have been measured at more than 85 m/s (165 kt, 190 mph, 305 km/h).
A tsunami is a series of waves created when a body of water, such as an ocean is rapidly displaced on a massive scale. Earthquakes, mass movements above or below water, volcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions, landslides and large meteorite impacts all have the potential to generate a tsunami.Source(s): Wikipedia
- railwayLv 41 decade ago
A typhoon is the same as a huricain only in the pacific ocean they are called typhoons. A tsunami is a earth quake in the ocean floor and causes a tidal wave
- 1 decade ago
a typhoon is another word for hurricane. and it is not a tsunami
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- erin7Lv 71 decade ago
a typhoon is a hurricane but in the Pacific. They also tend to be a little faster than hurricanes.
- 1 decade ago
I dont know.. i think it is like a storm type of thing.Source(s): good luck finding out!!