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Tropical cyclones

Active sensing from satellites can improve our forecasting of low-level winds, such as those in the vicinity of 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.

@metofficestorms on Twitter
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For latest information on current tropical cyclones worldwide follow the @metofficestorms twitter feed. A Twitter account is not required to view this page.

StormTracker
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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.

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

North Atlantic tropical storms seasonal forecast

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

Forecast verification
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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
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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.

Tropical cyclone facts
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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?

For queries on the Met Office involvement in tropical cyclone forecasting, email tropical_cyclones@metoffice.gov.uk.

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