Tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclones are amongst the most powerful and destructive meteorological systems on earth. Globally, 80 to 100 develop over tropical oceans each year. Many of these make landfall and can cause considerable damage to property and loss of life.

North Atlantic tropical storms seasonal forecast

Hurricane Isabel 2003Met Office dynamical seasonal prediction system (GloSea) is used to forecast tropical storm activity over the North Atlantic for the coming season.

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StormTracker provides a mapped picture of tropical cyclones (tropical storms, hurricanes, typhoons) around the globe with access to track history and six-day forecast tracks for current tropical cyclones from the Met Office Unified Model and latest observed cloud cover (infra-red and visible satellite) and sea surface temperature.

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Warnings and guidance

Tropical cyclone forecast guidance is produced by the Met Office and used by various other met. centres in the production of their tropical cyclone warnings.


Tropical cyclone short-period forecast verification

The Met Office produces forecasts for every tropical cyclone which develops and also verifies the quality of these forecasts. Charts and statistics assessing the forecast performance are produced for each tropical cyclone.


Past tropical cyclones

How many tropical cyclones have there been in recent years and which places have been hit by them? Information on the frequency and tracks of recent tropical cyclones and some images.

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Tropical cyclone facts

Who decides what the next name is going to be? What's the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? Is climate change affecting tropical cyclones?

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Met Office Twitter feed on storms including latest tropical cyclone information.

For queries on the Met Office involvement in tropical cyclone forecasting, email

Some notable tropical cyclones of recent years:

Typhoon Haiyan (November 2013)

Cyclone Phailin (October 2013)

Typhoon Bopha (November/December 2012)

Hurricane Sandy (October 2012)

Last updated: 26 April 2016