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  • Location: Barnet, North London
  • Location: Barnet, North London

    Hi all,

    My seven year old has just hit me with a question I can't quite answer!

    He asks; if a hurricane force storm formed in the CENTRAL Pacific, would it be a Hurricane or a Typhoon?

    Any ideas?

    Steve M

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  • Location: Barnet, North London
  • Location: Barnet, North London

    Thanks Cookie, I will pass on your answer in the morning!

    I suspected that, as Hawaii was English speaking, it was likely to be Hurricanes, but it still begs the question- where do you draw the line?

    Is there such a thing as a "Hurriphoon"?!

    LOL

    Thanks

    Steve M

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  • Location: Western Isles
  • Location: Western Isles
    Thanks Cookie, I will pass on your answer in the morning!

    I suspected that, as Hawaii was English speaking, it was likely to be Hurricanes, but it still begs the question- where do you draw the line?

    Is there such a thing as a "Hurriphoon"?!

    LOL

    Thanks

    Steve M

    no bother any more questions feel free to ask.

    as to where you draw the line

    The Central North Pacific Basin is the region of the Pacific Ocean that is north of the equator between 140 degrees west longitude and the International Date Line. In this area,

    this might help aswell

    map_pac.gif

    NNP: Northern North Pacific

    WNP: Western North Pacific

    CNP: Central North Pacific

    ENP: Eastern North Pacific

    WSP: Western South Pacific

    CSP: Central South Pacific

    ESP: Eastern South Pacific

    SSP: Southern South Pacific

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Indeed, hurricanes form in the Central Pacific. But if it moves west of the date line (as noted by Cookie) into the West Pacific it gets re-classified as a typhoon. Similarly, if a typhoon in the West Pacific moves east of the date line into the Central Pacific it gets re-classified as a hurricane. The latter is very rare as predominant motion in the area is west-northwest. An example of a hurricane moving from the Central Pacific into the West Pacific and becoming a typhoon is Hurricane/Typhoon John in 1994. Indeed, this very long tracking storm existed in the East Pacific, Central Pacific and West Pacific which is some feat!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_John_(1994)

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  • Location: Barnet, North London
  • Location: Barnet, North London

    Thanks, guys, great info.

    James is dead chuffed and gaped openmouthed at the length of John track across the Pacific B)

    Steve M

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