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A cyclone as the name suggests moves in circles! Cyclones are violently rotating windstorms. They rotate clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and anticlockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. Winds spiral inwards around an area of low pressure.

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A meso-cyclone: The United States experiences around 1,700 such cyclones a year, half of which turn into tornadoes.

Simply Put: Cycles are rotating winds that rotate inwards to an area of low pressure.

Types of cyclones

Meso-Cyclone A meso-cyclone is a dense, swirling pack of cloud and winds (half a mile to six miles wide). This looks like a thin, vertical band of black clouds that spins from beneath thunderclouds.

Arctic Cyclone: Arctic or polar cyclones occur in Antarctic regions. They can be up to 1,200 miles wide. Polar cyclones are different from other cyclones because they are not seasonal. The formation of polar cyclones can be quite fast (sometimes less than 24 hours), and their direction or movement cannot be predicted. They can last from one day to several weeks.

Tropical Cyclone: Rotating system of clouds and thunderstorms that originate over tropical or sub-tropical areas are called tropical cyclones. As warm air rises above the sea and turns into clouds, large amounts of energy is released. This energy released with areas of low-pressure together result in a cyclone.

Cyclones are violent and can destroy lives and property. Where does all this energy come from? Can you write in and explain this?


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TEAM EXPLORE: Cyclones are often accompanied by violent thunderstorms. The movement of winds in a cyclone takes place near the Earth’s surface. A cyclone can spread over 800 kilometres in diameter. There is a lot of energy, where does it all come from? Here is how it works: Large amounts of energy is transferred when water evaporates from oceans because of heat. This energy is stored in the water vapour. A large portion of this stored energy...

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Master Amar Arya 15 years.
December 11, 2013
Water is evaporated from water bodies and water vapours are formed in air. The vapours release most of the energy in them on cooling. Air...

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Miss Mehak Juneja, 13 years | Posted December 11, 2013
Water of the water bodies gets evaporated from the heat of the sun. Water vapours are formed and get stored in the air. They cool and a lot of heat is given out. This heat in air gives energy to the cyclones.
Master Amar Arya, 15 years | Posted December 11, 2013
Water is evaporated from water bodies and water vapours are formed in air. The vapours release most of the energy in them on cooling. Air now becomes warm and rises. This decreases the pressure of air.Air with some heat of water vapours is drawn to the sea. This air gives energy to the cyclones.
Master Shamu Bose, 14 years | Posted December 11, 2013
The cyclones get their energy from the water vapours. When water vapours condense, a lot of energy is given out by them in the form of heat. This heat is stored in air in the form of energy.

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