What is the difference between cyclones, hurricanes and typhoonsEven days after it has dissipated and withered off, Cyclone Ockhi continues to be in the news. That is because of the trauma the victims bear. There are still many missing to be traced. It is also now widely debated whether the loss of life now suffered could have been avoided had more early, precise warning was available or had warning been interpreted properly and acted upon, earlier.In ISC forum we discussed a thread on how cyclones are named.
Now,in this regard, I remembered about an article What are Hurricanes and how to deal with it?" posted in ISC a few years ago . I think it is still relevant because Typhoons,Hurricanes and Cyclones are all same.
They are one and same, but called differently at different places. They are same weather phenomenon under generic technical term tropical cyclones'. They are rotating, circling, circulating,spiralling strong high speed winds that originate in the tropical regions of the Oceans.
Those occurring in the Western Pacific area are called 'Typhoons'.In the North Pacific and Atlantic Ocean they are called 'Hurricanes'.Those originating in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean area are called Severe cyclonic storms or simply 'cyclones'.
When winds attain and exceed a sustained average speed of 62 km/hr they are termed as cyclones and given name from the list as per norms.
As Ockhi originated in the Indian Ocean it was called a cyclone.