What is a typhoon?

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What is a typhoon?




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L’ANTISECHE – Politics, sport, geography, science, history … Every day, we wonder about an essential concept to understand current events, even if it is a question that we do not necessarily dare to ask … Find our cheat sheet every evening in our newsletter the Journal of tomorrow. What is a typhoon?


In 2019, the England-France and New Zealand-Italy matches of the Rugby World Cup in Japan were canceled. Blame it on Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Filipino dialect, which killed 74 people from October 4 to 13. But what is a typhoon? A typhoon is actually a regional variant of a tropical cyclone, with the hurricane located in the North Atlantic and the cyclone in the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific.

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Its name comes from ancient Greektuphon “(a mythological monster) and transited to Asia through Arabic (” tûfân “), Portuguese (” tufão “) to become in Chinese” tai fung “and in Japanese” taifû “.

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A tropical cyclone is the final stage of a depression forming over a sea with warm water (28 or 29 degrees Celsius at the surface). It has a swirl-shaped structure, with an “eye” in its center. It includes dense cloud cover and winds with speeds exceeding 118 km / h.

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