Sri Lanka only became an island in 1480, when a cyclone destroyed the land bridge connecting it to mainland India.โ€ฆ
In 1889, the USS Trenton was in Samoa when a cyclone struck, ravaging the harbour. The ship lost steam and rudder, and was in imminent danger of foundering on the reef, so the entire crew went into the port rigging, the mass of bodies forming a sail. When the wind struck, the ship steered awayโ€ฆ
Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons are all the same thing but named different where they appear. Hurricanes are storms that form in North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific, cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean and typhoons are formed over the Northwest Pacific Ocean.โ€ฆ
One hundred years ago in 1920, the Atlantic hurricane season produced a total of six tropical cyclones. Five of those cyclones strengthened to tropical storms and four of those strengthened further into hurricanes. None of these strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane. Three people died.โ€ฆ
The deadliest tropical cyclone on record was the Bhola cyclone, which hit East Pakistan in Nov. 1970. Over five hundred thousand people perished. The storm's damage and aftermath were major factors in sparking the revolution that led the province to becoming independent Bangladesh.โ€ฆ
Hurricanes, typhoons & Cyclones are the exact same phenomenon except the region of the world they're formed & their naming conventions was solely dictated by linguisticsโ€ฆ
Hurricanes can collide into a phenomenon called the Fujiwhara Effect. At 900 miles, the two cyclones begin to orbit up until they reach 190 miles of each other, which is the moment when they'll then merge and the two storms turn into a single giant one.โ€ฆ
Typhoon Karen was the most powerful tropical cyclone to strike the island of Guam, and has been regarded as one of the most destructive events in the island's history. It was classified as a Category 5 super typhoon.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about The รŽle Sans Nom (the Island With No Name), which appeared after a cyclone in 2009. The island offered ecologists an opportunity to study the development of a new ecosystem, a rare experience in Europe.โ€ฆ
The record for most rainfall from a single storm is 253 inches, which fell on the island of Rรฉunion during Cyclone Hyacinthe in January 1980โ€ฆ
What the Fujiwhara effect is when two hurricane/cyclones convergeโ€ฆ
Most of the deaths caused by tropical cyclones are not caused by the wind but by the storm surge.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Project Stormfury. Ran by the US government in 1962, it was an attempt to weaken tropical cyclones by flying aircraft near the eye walls, and โ€œseedingโ€ them with silver iodide in hopes to freezing their inner structures. The project was a failure, and ended in 1983.โ€ฆ
In 1964 a super cyclone destroyed a town called Dhanushkodi, making it into a ghost town. The storm overturned a train entering it's railway station killing over 200 passengers. 4 radio operators braved the storm to continue broadcasting, and survived by clinging on to a bridge for 12 hours.โ€ฆ
Typhoons, hurricanes, and cyclones are all the same type of storm, they're just called differently depending on where they formโ€ฆ
The US Government attempted a project in the 60s which involved dropping silver iodide into active hurricanes in hopes of weakening the storms. While it did show promising results for the time, later research into the behavior of cyclones have called the results into question.โ€ฆ
In Germany you can name a cyclone or anticyclone for a donation to meteorology, which is why they call the current European windstorm "Sabine" rather than "Ciara"โ€ฆ
The reason hurricanes and cyclones have human names is that the original meteorologist to name them, Clement Wragge, began naming them after politicians he didn't like. This let him say they were 'causing great distress' or 'wandering aimlessly'.โ€ฆ
A small but powerful tropical cyclone (called: Typhoon Gay) caused more than 800 fatalities in and around the Gulf of Thailand in November 1989.โ€ฆ
In the night of December 24th, 1974, Cyclone Tracy almost completely destroyed the city of Darwin in northern Australia. The event became known as the day Christmas missed Darwin.
The deadliest cyclone ever recorded was the Bhola Cyclone that struck West Bengal and East Pakistan in 1970. The resulting storm surge is thought to have killed between 300,000 and 500,000 people. It was the most severe of seven cyclonic storms to impact the area during 1970.โ€ฆ
The US government from 1962-83 attempted to weaken tropical cyclones by seeding them with silver iodide, super-cooling the water thus disrupting the inner hurricane structure. The operation was named "Project Stormfury."โ€ฆ
Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones (same types of wind storms) spins counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere but spins clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. That's because of Coriolis effect (Coriolis force) effect.โ€ฆ
The price of vanilla has hit a record high of $600 (ยฃ445) per kilogram for the second time since 2017 when a cyclone damaged many of the plantations in Madagascar, where three quarters of the worldโ€™s vanilla is grown. Silver by comparison currently costs $538/kg.โ€ฆ
Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons are all the same weather event. They are just differently named based on where in the world they appear.โ€ฆ
Clement Wragge, the Australian man that introduced the systematic naming of storms and cyclones, would often name unpleasant southern storms using the names of politicians who thwarted his ambitions or denied funding for his weather bureauโ€ฆ
Corbin "Cyclone" Mackey, a wrestler from Missouri, was the first to bring the tradition of masks into Lucha libre.โ€ฆ
There was once a hurricane-like event over Lake Huron in 1996. The cyclone had an eye and allโ€ฆ
The Hairy Ball theorem dictates that, given at least some wind on Earth, there must at all times be a cyclone somewhere.โ€ฆ
You're allowed to make Submissions of Names for Cyclones, but it could take up to 50 years for your name to Cycle through.โ€ฆ
The fastest accurately recorded wind speed not related to tornadoes was 253 MPH. It was recorded during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Olivia on 10 April 1996. The highest recorded surface wind speed was measured at 302 MPH during the Bridge Creekโ€“Moore tornado in Oklahoma on 3 May 1999โ€ฆ
47 years ago an an estimated 500,000 people were killed in one night when tropical cyclone Bhola hit the densely populatedGanges Delta region of East Pakistan.โ€ฆ
Jupiterโ€™s North and South Pole are each surrounded by raging cyclones arranged in beautiful patternsโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Li's Field, a tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theory in Hong Kong that the city has a force field repelling tropical cyclones.'โ€ฆ
In 1996, The state of Michigan had its very own tropical storm that formed in Lake Huron. It was aptly named the Huron Cycloneโ€ฆ
"The most intense tropical cyclones on Earth develop in the Western Pacific because of the long journey over warm ocean waters." "The worst of these storms was Supertyphoon Tip, which set the record for the lowest sea-level pressure ever observed on Earth."โ€ฆ
Europe frequently gets hit with winter cyclones that can be as powerful as Hurricanes.โ€ฆ
Sri Lanka was likely connected to mainland India as late as 1480, when local Temple records mention a cyclone destroyed the land bridge.โ€ฆ
The Hairy Ball theorem dictates that, given at least some wind on Earth, there must at all times be a cyclone somewhere.โ€ฆ
The Samoan crisis was a naval standoff between the German empire and the USA that ended when a cyclone swept through and sank both fleets.โ€ฆ
Shell launched the biggest vessel ever put to sea in 2013. The Prelude FLNG platform is longer than Sears Tower is tall, costs ~$12 billion, will weigh 600,000 tonnes (5 times as much as an aircraft carrier) and withstand category 5 cyclones. business.financialpost.coโ€ฆ
The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot was a project to create a robotic vehicle which could forage plant biomass to fuel itself, as well as chicken fat. This elicited rumors that it could also ingest human remains, which Cyclone Power Technologies denied.โ€ฆ
The deadliest natural disaster are the 1931 China floods. Caused by extreme cyclone activity and heavy snowstorms it is estimated to have killed as many as 4 million people. At its peak the Yangtze River was 16m above it's normal depth.โ€ฆ
Tropical cyclones can release as much energy as 10,000 nuclear bombs.โ€ฆ
The U.S. military saved an estimated 200,000 lives when it diverted troops returning home from the Gulf War to provide aid to Bangladesh after a devastating cyclone in 1991.โ€ฆ
As of 2016, China had been hit by the highest number of tropical cyclones in the world, topping at 127 since 1970, comparing to the US (including Hawaii) which was ranked 5th with 63 tropical cyclones since 1970.โ€ฆ
The blizzard (aka Bomb Cyclone Grayson) that hit the NorthEast cause floodwaters in Boston to ice over and trap several carsโ€ฆ
Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms when they occur in different places. news.nationalgeographic.cโ€ฆ
Super Typhoon Tip is the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded, with a diameter of approximately 2,220 km (1,380 mi), which is also an approximate distance between Dallas and New York Cityโ€ฆ
It's possible to trade weather futures. This is useful for insurance companies preparing for cyclones, power companies hedging against a warm winter, or movie companies shooting on location. It is possible to trade weather derivates for over 40 cities and geographic regions world wide.โ€ฆ

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