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Hurricane Force

Tropical cyclones remain nature's fiercest storms

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Three tropical cyclones form over the Pacific this summer. Saomai went on to devastate the Chinese coast.....[ More ]

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Tropical cyclones are not rare events--and may even be increasing in frequency. This image tracks all such storms between 1985 and 2005.....[ More ]

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Tropical cyclones vary widely in size and strength as shown here by the smallest and largest as compared to the continental U.S.....[ More ]

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Hurricane Andrew pounded Florida in 1992 with strong winds and pelting rain.....[ More ]

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This cross-section reveals the powerful winds at work within these storms, including the heat chimney, or eye, in the center.....[ More ]

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Satellite imagery reveals the strong rains unleashed by Hurricane Irene in 2005.....[ More ]

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Such bands release enormous amounts of rain, fueling the destructive power of the storm, in this case Isidore.....[ More ]

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This cross-section shows the swirling winds that power the storm as well as its rain bands.....[ More ]

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Tropical cyclones form when disturbances encounter high humidity, warm seas and light winds in the upper atmosphere.....[ More ]

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Tropical Cyclone Catarina was the first such storm ever observed in the South Atlantic.....[ More ]

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