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Hurricane Watch Checklist: Four Factors that Strengthen and Four that Weaken Tropical Cyclones

, senior climate scientist

Whenever I see that a tropical storm is threatening to convert into a tropical cyclone – that’s meteorology-speak for hurricanes in the Atlantic, typhoons in the Pacific or cyclones in the Indian Ocean – I consult my checklist.  These are the factors that can nip that tropical storm in the bud or escalate it into a full blown hurricane.

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