There is a lot of talk at the moment about an “Indian Summer” but news frombased in Florida, has tweeted that Storm Florence could be bigger than Storm Ophelia which hit us earlier this year. Ophelia was one of the worst storms to hit us in the past 60 years and caused millions of Euro damage and left many homes and businesses around the country without electricity for days.
Ophelia was recorded as a category three storm, however by weather experts’ predictions, that Storm Florence could be a category 4.
Could it be true? Well sadly the Waterford In Your Pocket Weather Office is closed for the weekend but we would say is that we are often told by forecasters that weather is hard to predict that far ahead so we would advise on waiting to see what develops over the next 2 weeks.
Tropical Storm #Florence could pose storm danger for Western Europe according to the Weather Channel yesterday. #StormOphelia could reach as stronger as 933mb. If correct, it could make it a category four hurricane, with five being the strongest. pic.twitter.com/MCYS7BiMSg
— Joint Cyclone Center (@JointCyclone) September 1, 2018
On Wednesday last the tweeted “Over the next 14 days, we do not normally see the weird tropical cyclones as strong as #Ophelia form in this part of the Northern Atlantic with a central pressure of 943mb, as the same of the equivalent in Category 4 hurricanes.”
Over the next 14 days, we do not normally see the weird tropical cyclones as strong as #Ophelia form in this part of the Northern Atlantic with a central pressure of 943mb, as the same of the equivalent in Category 4 hurricanes. pic.twitter.com/YW62vd6K31
— Joint Cyclone Center (@JointCyclone) August 29, 2018
Fingers crossed that the storm will just fade away into nothing.
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) September 1, 2018
So what’s the difference between a Cyclone and a Hurricane?
Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.