tropical cyclone

Living with Hurricanes – new podcast out now

What's the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon, and a tropical cyclone? When do hurricanes occur and how do they form? Is there a classification system for hurricanes? What is a ‘medicane’? What is it like living with hurricanes? In our latest podcast Prof Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society answers these questions and more. She speaks to fellow RMetS staff member Dr Juan Estrella-Martínez about his experiences growing up with the threat and reality of hurricane seasons in Puerto Rico.

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Cyclone Fani impacts India and Bangladesh

On 3rd May the extremely severe tropical cyclone Fani (pronounced as ‘Foni’) made landfall in the east Indian state Odishi. It reached sustained maximum wind speeds of 185-195 km/h with gusts to 205 km/h on land. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that it weakened moving north-noth-eastwards towards West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Dancing cyclones: The ‘Fujiwhara effect’

The Fujiwhara effect is a rare phenomenon that sees nearby cyclones ‘dancing’ round each other. In July it was seen not once, but twice*: Hurricanes Hilary and Irwin rotated round each other in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico generating high surf for Southern California; whilst thousands of miles away in the western Pacific east of Japan just days earlier, Typhoon Noru and Tropical Storm Kulap spun round each other*.