Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific ocean, and typhoons takes place in the western Pacific ocean. Both hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones, which are masses of air that gather around low pressure centers forming a spiral pattern.
Hurricanes and typhoons both take place in warm areas and bring heavy winds, rain, floods and tornadoes. On average, more typhoons than hurricanes take place annually. Approximately 25 to 30 typhoons and 10 to 15 hurricanes occur each year. Typhoons are stronger than hurricanes. The western Pacific has warmer water, making the region more conducive to storms. Warmer water also explains the greater frequency of typhoons over hurricanes.Learn More
The length of the hurricane season is June 1 to Nov. 30 for the Atlantic, but it begins on May 15 for the Eastern Pacific. Hurricanes build up over warm water in the ocean and gain strength to make landfall.Full Answer >
No one knows when the first hurricane took place. Christopher Columbus wrote the first record of a hurricane in 1494 when he described a storm that struck the island of Hispaniola. The first recorded hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland took place in August 1635.Full Answer >
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a hurricane is a cyclonic storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters and has sustained wind speeds of at least 74 mph, while a tsunami is a tidal wave created by an earthquake or underwater volcano. Hurricanes and tidal waves both can be extremely dangerous to those living near the coastline.Full Answer >
The main difference between a hurricane and a tornado is that hurricanes form over warm water while tornados form over land. As of 2014, the largest tornado ever recorded was 2.5 miles wide, while hurricanes can measure over 1,000 miles wide.Full Answer >