Tropical storms can grow into hurricanes, and hurricanes can grow into stronger hurricanes. However, only a small number of storms grow into tropical storms. Even fewer become hurricanes. Learn what is necessary for hurricanes to form.
When a hurricane approaches land, tremendous damage can occur to coastal cities and natural environments. Learn about the potential hazards and how to predict the amount of damage done by a hurricane when it hits.
Monsoons produce the very wet summers and dry winters that occur on nearly all of the tropical continents. A monsoon is not a storm like a hurricane or a summer thunderstorm, but a much larger pattern of winds and rain that spans a large geographic area – a continent or even the entire globe.
When meteorologists forecast a winter storm one of the important predictions they make is the type, or types, of precipitation that are likely to fall. Will freezing rain cause an ice storm? Will ice pellets called sleet leave the ground covered in slush? Will it rain or snow?