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What is the difference between tornado, twister, hurricane, cyclone & typhoon?
- TQLv 78 years agoFavourite answer
Tornado and twister refer to the same phenomenon.
Hurricane...cyclone...typhoon refer to the same phenomenon.
Tornadoes and hurricanes occur on different scales of time and space and in different environments.
- Michel VerheugheLv 78 years ago
Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are usually very strong tropical low pressures and the name is given by location: hurricane in the north Atlantic, typhoon in the western Pacific and cyclone in the Indian ocean.
Tornadoes and twisters are local spinning columns of air, under a large low pressure, that last only a few minutes. In that family, you also have the willy-willies, the dust devils and the waterspouts.
While both hurricanes and tornadoes are the result of fast rising air, they are very different in their size and prediction. Compare a hurricane as a forest fire and a tornado as a flame.