So, we had a question arise out of our trip to China. What is the
difference between a Hurricane and a Typhoon. Here is a great answer B researched:
“Hurricane” and “typhoon” are two names for the same thing, namely, a
tropical cyclone with winds of 65 knots (75 m.p.h.) or more. When these
storms occur in the Western Hemisphere (in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean
Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico), we call them hurricanes. When they occur in
the North Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line, we call them
typhoons. Names of Pacific hurricanes, Atlantic hurricanes, and typhoons are
all derived from separate lists.
There are climatological differences between hurricanes and typhoons. In
order for tropical cyclones to form, sea surface temperatures are usually at
least 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit). The warmer the water, the
greater the energy potentially available to the tropical cyclone. Because
the sea surface temperature is about 2 degrees Celsius warmer in the western
tropical Pacific than all other places tropical cyclones form, and the layer
of warm water is thicker and more extensive there, typhoons tend to be more
vigorous and numerous than hurricanes. Whereas the hurricane season lasts
from June to November, the typhoon season lasts from May through December.
In fact, typhoons can occur in every month of the year.