What Are Cyclones?

Cyclones are variable winds. In low latitudes, an intense depression with low-pressure conditions develops, known as tropical cyclones. These last only for few days.

  • Because of the Coriolis Effect, they blow in an anti-clockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • They are associated with turbulent weather, cloudy weather, strong winds, and intense rainfall.
  • A Tornado is a tropical cyclone that occurs over land. It is a funnel-shaped cloud extending downwards from the base of the thunderstorms. They may travel at a high speed of 500–800 km per hour. They are generally experienced over tropical waters in North America.
  • Hurricanes and typhoons are some other tropical cyclones.
  • Temperate cyclones are active over mid-latitudinal regions between 35° and 65° latitude in both hemispheres.
  • Anti-cyclones represent calm weather. Winds blow gently in the clockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and in the anti-clockwise direction in the Southern Hemisphere.

Differences between tropical cyclones and temperate cyclones

Tropical CyclonesTemperate Cyclones
They originate between 8° and 20°
north and south of the oceans in the
tropical regions.
These are active over mid-latitudinal
regions between 35° and 65° latitudes in
both hemispheres.
These are produced and developed
mainly over the sea.
These are produced over both land and
These are limited to small areas and
generally travel from east to west.
They comparatively cover a large area and
generally move from west to east.
The wind is calm at the centre of tropical
cyclones with no rainfall.
The wind is strong and rainfall occurs at the
centre of temperate cyclones.

Differences between cyclones and anti-cyclones

It is a low-pressure system with surroundings of high pressure.It is a high-pressure system with surroundings of low pressure
It blows anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.It blows clockwise in the Northern
It blows clockwise in the Southern HemisphereIt blows anti-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is associated with cloudy skies, heavy rainfall with stormy winds.It is associated with clear skies, mild winds, and dry conditions.
It can cause great damage to life and property if precautions are not taken.The weather is settled and pleasant.

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