What is the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon?
The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs.
The hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon. Scientists just call these storms different things depending on where they occur.
In the Atlantic and northern Pacific, the storms are called "hurricanes," after the Caribbean god of evil, named Hurrican.
In the northwestern Pacific, the same powerful storms are called "typhoons."
In the southeastern Indian Ocean and southwestern Pacific, they are called "severe tropical cyclones."
In the northern Indian Ocean, they’re called "severe cyclonic storms."
In the southwestern Indian Ocean, they’re just "tropical cyclones."
To be classified as a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone, a storm must reach wind speeds of at least 74 miles per hour (119 kilometers per hour).
In the Atlantic, hurricane season officially runs June 1 to November 30. However, while 97 percent of tropical activity occurs during this time period, there is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months.