Tropical Storms

The strongest tropical storms are called hurricanes, typhoons or tropical cyclones. The different names all mean the same thing, but are used in different parts of the world. If these huge storms start in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa, they are called hurricanes.

Globally, 80-100 tropical storms form over tropical oceans every year. There is an annual seasonality to their development. In the northern hemisphere, most tropical storms occur between June and November with a peak in September. In the southern hemisphere, the season lasts


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