Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Typhoons vs. Hurricanes

No, it's not a football match-up. But in light of the typhoon that is currently pummeling China, the question has come up: What's the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?

The basic answer is, they're the same kind of storm. The difference is that hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and the north Pacific east of the International Date Line. Typhoons occur in the north Pacific west of the Date Line. That's why we're always getting hurricanes in North America, but in China they're getting a typhoon. But it's the same principle. If you know what a hurricane is like, you can picture what's going on in China now. Let's hope and pray that all goes well for them.

3 Comments:

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Huh.

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Okay, I have more. Did they really have to have their own word?

Katie Parker said...

I think "huh" sums it up nicely, Candace. I don't know what the point of having two words is, although something I read indicates that one of the storms rotates clockwise and the other rotates in a counterclockwise direction. If that's the case, maybe having two words makes more sense. 'Cause they're kind of two different things, even though it might have made more sense to call them "hurricane" and "antihurricane" or something like that, or...

Well, anyway. I think "huh" sums it up nicely.

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