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Day After Tomorrow - Cyclonic Typhoons?`
The massive storm that strikes LA is described by the films lead as a 'cyclone'. Simultaneously a massive typhoon strikes Australia, 'the worst they had ever seen'.
I was under the impression that cyclones occur in the southern hemisphere moving in a clockwise motion, whereas typhoons and hurricanes move in an anti-clockwise motion, as they both only occur in the northern hemisphere. Its a bit like they way the water swirls in the toilet, if you know what I mean.
This stood out to me as a blatant slip-up, I think they got them the wrong way around. A little more education in meteorology may have been in order.
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AmberDot0 writes:
They did get it right: Cyclone is a generic term for any tornado like occurance; they do twist in different directions depending on the hemisphere but the name is the same. Typhoon is the correct name if the storm is in the Western Pacific or near China, it's a Hurricane in the Atlantic.
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Be Christian writes:
The following from weather.com's glossary of weather terms: Cyclone: An area of closed pressure circulation with rotating and converging winds, the center of which is a relative pressure minimum. The circulation is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Also called a low pressure system and the term used for a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean. Other phenomena with cyclonic flow may be referred to by this term, such as dust devils, tornadoes, and tropical and extratropical systems. The opposite of an anticyclone or a high pressure system. Hurricane: The name for a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (65 knots) or greater in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. This same tropical cyclone is known as a typhoon in the western Pacific and a cyclone in the Indian Ocean. Typhoon: The name for a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (65 knots) or greater in the western North Pacific Ocean. This same tropical cyclone is known as a hurricane in the eastern North Pacific and North Atlantic Ocean, and as a cyclone in the Indian Ocean. It took only 5 minutes to find this information; the poster might have done so before submitting a slip-up.
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Paradox writes:
That was the whole point of the movie, dude. The Atlantic flow shifted, causing anomolies that wouldn't normally happen in the hemispheres to happen. It is NOT a slip-up at all.
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Dan writes:
Well Dude, looks like they're all against you. Not much else to say. I just wanted to point that out because it's funny.
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Kristy writes:
the movie tried to point out the fact that the whole weather shifted on the earth. when's the last time you heard of hail in China? anyway, it's also true that tornadoes only occur because of a cold front and a warm front hitting each other but at the time they were hitting........there was no cold front yet. it's a movie, they can do what they want.
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tomshark writes:
Actually, cyclones are global…when in the southern hemisphere, they rotate clockwise and visa versa in the northern hemisphere. Sorry, but the movie got it right. Here is a definition right out of the dictionary: An atmospheric system characterized by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center, usually accompanied by stormy, often destructive weather. Cyclones circulate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
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