What’s The Difference: Typhoon vs. Hurricane
Typhoons and Hurricanes are both tropical cyclones. The only difference between a hurricane and a typhoon basically is the location where the storm occurs. For systems that form in the North Atlantic, central North Pacific, and eastern North Pacific, the term hurricane is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a typhoon. In other words, Hurricanes are tropical cyclones that form in the Northern Hemisphere running from the Greenwich Meridian all the way to the International Date Line. Typhoons refer to tropical cyclones that occur in the Pacific, north of the equator running west of the International Date Line.
If a storm forms in one place and crosses over the International Date Line, it will change names.
Typhoons can be stronger and occur more frequently than hurricanes, because of the warmer Pacific ocean waters which facilitate favorable conditions for creating storms.
Typhoons and hurricanes typically form between June and November. They can occasionally occur outside of these months.
These storms are defined by very strong winds that can blow anywhere upwards from 74 mph. Hurricanes are first known as tropical storms with wind speeds that can range anywhere from 39-73 mph.
Hurricanes and typhoons are both measured according to the Saffir-Simpson scale, which categorizes them by numbers. Category 1 has the lowest wind speeds, while Category 5 has the highest wind speeds and is considered the most powerful and dangerous. Category 4 or 5 hurricanes are the equivalent of a super-typhoon.