Flashcards in Cyclones Deck (14):
Tropical cyclones only form where seawater temperatures are above___?
What is their geographical distribution?
in the tropics starting between 5° and 30° of latitude.
When do they often occur?
summer and autumn
Three names for a cyclone?
Cyclone, Hurricane and Typhoon
Three characteristics of cyclones?
Low pressure, Rotation and Structure
What is the name of Earth's spin?
How do Tropical cyclones intensify?
- Warm water temperature
- Low wind shear
- High humidity
What makes Tropical Cyclones dissipate?
- When they reach land
- Sea water cools down
- If it collides with separate weather systems with opposite wind directions
What scale classifies cyclones?
The Saffir-Simpson scale
What are secondary hazards of Cyclones?
- Storm Surges
- Coastal Flooding
What damage can a cyclone have?
Structural, Mental, Physical and Financial
Why are satellites used?
To spot and track cyclones
Why are Forecasters used?
To predict storm behaviour and characteristics