Physical Geography 101
Tropical Weather Systems Study Guide

After the "Tropical Weather Systems" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

How do tropical and equatorial weather systems differ from midlatitude weather systems?

What is an Easterly Wave?

What direction does an Easterly Wave move?

Describe the weather associated with Equatorial lows?

What are the differences between a Hurricane, Typhoon and Cyclone?

List the Stages of Hurricane Development.

What is the minimum sustained wind speed required to classify a tropical storm as a hurricane?

What are the general characteristics of a hurricane?

What happens to a hurricane once it makes landfall? Why?

In which oceans do hurricanes not form?

Why don't they form in these oceans?

What is the Saffir-Simpson Scale?

Which can have higher wind speeds? Tornadoes or Hurricanes

Which causes more damage? Tornadoes or Hurricanes. Why?