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Old 06-30-2018, 07:38 AM
 
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"Why don’t hurricanes, typhoons, or cyclones form near the equator?

This is because of the lack of the Coriolis force. What is that? It is an apparent force caused by the rotation of the Earth

The Coriolis force is quite different at the equator than it is at the Poles. In fact, the magnitude is zero at the equator.

there is no Coriolis force at the equator and why hurricanes rarely form near the equator. The Coriolis force is simply too weak to move the air around low pressure. Air prefers to flow from high to low pressure.

Hopefully it is clear why formation of tropical cyclones is rare near the equator, but can a hurricane cross the equator if it has already formed beyond 5 degrees latitude? Theoretically, the answer is yes but there is a “but.” "

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