How Does A Tropical Storm Form?

Here’s a quick fact: Depending on where a tropical storm is born, they are called by unique names:

  • Hurricanes – born in the Atlantic ocean
  • Tropical Cyclones – born in South East Asian oceans
  • Typhoons – born in the Pacific ocean
  • Willy Willies – born near Australia

Tropical storms move with powerful winds, heavy rain and have an amazing destructive force. Each storm system has unique characteristics such as high humidity levels and air temperatures and can carry heavy winds ranging from 119 kph to 252 kph+ in strength.

tropical storms infographic

Source: AFP news agency

Let’s look closer at one type of storm, the cyclone. In the following video, CNN Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera explains what a tropical cyclone is and why they are a necessary evil.

CNN Explains: Tropical Cyclones | CNN | YouTube

LEARN MORE: HOW DO HURRICANES FORM?

  1. Study the infographic above. In your own words, describe how a tropical storm forms?
  2. Quick fact: Depending on where a tropical storm is born, they are called by unique names. What do you believe is the reasoning behind calling tropical storms by different names?


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5 replies

  1. Wow I can’t believe how big that tornado is its huge like a giant.

  2. In order for a tropical storm to form several different factors must come together. The water must be over 28C (80F) and deep enough to provide the energy needed to power the storm.

  3. In order for a tropical storm to form the ocean waters must be atleast 80 degrees and a fast cooling atmosphere is another condition in order for a tropical storm to occure.

  4. Wow… just by looking at that it looks deadly but how does it form >:)