What’s happening here? Matthew, Nicole and the Fujiwhara effect


A composite forecast track map for Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole.(Source: The Weather Network)

In general, tropical cyclones tend to keep their distance from one another. If we anthropomorphize them, it really comes down to a survival technique, because if two storms happen to form near each other, the one with slightly more favourable conditions typically ends up swallowing the other one whole, according to The Weather Network.

Every once in awhile, however, storms will be forced together, by interaction with land or due to the pattern of the upper level winds. In these cases, they experience what’s called the Fujiwhara effect.

For the complete story: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/hurricane-matthews-looping-track-may-result-in-rare-binary/72985

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