What is a typhoon?

Samiko
Samiko
December 19, 2014
What is a typhoon?

Typhoon is a word that has come to us from Chinese (“tai funn” - “great wind”). It is also associated with the ancient Greek Typhon - a monster of myths, which personified strong winds and storms.

We learn what a typhoon.

Typhoon: definition and features

So, a typhoon, as can be seen from the meaning of a word in a source language, is a strong wind. More precisely - a kind of tropical cyclone that causes whirlwinds that can reach the strength of a violent hurricane.

The wind speed in a typhoon can increase to huge values ​​- up to about 400 km / h. (the factors forming the wind are described in the article Why the wind blows). In the middle of the vortex, the pressure is very low, and there is almost no wind and fog, so the center of the typhoon is called the "eye of the storm." The speed of movement of this waterspout is 30-50 km / h. Most often, the typhoon is accompanied by strong lines and thunderstorms, and as a result flooding occurs.

Typhoons are formed, mostly from June to October in the west of the Pacific Ocean and move from east to west. Japan, Korea, China, the Kuril Islands, Kamchatka take the brunt.A whirling hurricane can last for several days or even weeks. It is very dangerous because it has destructive power.

The most destructive typhoon is the typhoon that hit the Philippines in 2013. This terrible cyclone had a width of 500 km and a speed of 380 km / h. More than 5 thousand people died.

Typhoon has a figurative meaning. This is also the name of an active and very energetic person (for example: "He broke into a house and took all things from the shelves - a real typhoon!").