Weather School: Super Typhoons

After Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, many wondered what a Super Typhoon really is.
Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines this week, leaving many to wonder just what a Super Typhoon is.

A typhoon is just a different name for a hurricane. The different naming convention stems from the ocean a storm forms in.

Tropical systems in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific are called hurricanes, storms in the Northwest Pacific are named typhoons, and storms that forms in the Indian Ocean are called cyclones.

The "super" means the storm is exceptionally strong, packing winds of 150 mph or greater. It's similar to hurricanes above category 3 are called "major" hurricanes.

Got a weather question? E-Mail Meteorologist Michael Page (mpage@fox44now.com) and he may answer it in Weather School, which airs on Sundays on FOX 44 News at 10 PM.
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