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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Typhoon, hurricane, cyclone: what's the difference?

Level: Upper-intermediate / B2

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Here is a good article from National Geographic about the difference between typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones.
Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1) What is Usagi in English?
2) How fast must a storm be to be classified as a hurricane, cyclone or typhoon?
3) When is the Atlantic hurricane season?
4) What is the Safir-Simpson scale?
5) True or false: the number of category 4 and 5 hurricanes has fallen since the 1970s.

Answers below!


1) Rabbit
2) 119 km/h (74 mph)
3) From 1st June until 30th November
4) A 1 to 5 rating based on the hurricanes wind speed
5) False

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