Tropical cyclone Fani in eastern India: Also know about Hurricane, Typhoon, or Tropical Cyclone

Date: May 04, 2019

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Tropicall cyclone Fani is the most severe storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in last two decades.According to Indian meteorological officials it is a “extremely severe” storm bearing winds of up to 170-185km/h.


Meaning of Fani:-The cyclone’s name, Fani, is in Bengali which means the hood of a snake.

Hurricane, Typhoon, or Tropical Cyclone:A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a non-frontal synoptic scale low-pressure system over tropical or sub-tropical waters with organized convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) and definite cyclonic surface wind circulation.

The terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong "tropical cyclone".

"Hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
"Typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
"Severe tropical cyclone" or "Category 3 cyclone" and above (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160°E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90°E)
"Sery severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
"Tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)