How is your weather vocabulary? Do you know what convection is? Wind shear? And what the heck is a trough?
We polled those in the know over in the Severe Weather office, and they gave us a neat little cheat sheet to help you navigate through the tropical terminology:
Center of Circulation -- The area of low pressure in a tropical cyclone.
Computer Model -- Mathematical computations that predict the future track of storm.
Convection -- Storms.
Cyclonic -- The counter-clockwise spin with a tropical system.
Millibar -- A unit of measure for pressure. The lower the pressure, the more fierce a storm's winds will be.
Outer Bands -- The spirals of rain that wrap around the center of a tropical storm.
Sea Surface Temperatures -- Warm water that is the fuel for the storm.
Stalling -- When a storm stops its forward motion, making the forecast hard to predict.
Trough -- Low pressure, convection, rain.
Vertical Stacking -- Tropical systems need low pressure at the earth's surface, and high pressure in the upper levels. Such conditions keep a storm properly ventilated. If not, it will remain weak.
Water Vapor Imagery -- Functions as a type of X-ray view on our maps. It indicates where dry air is.
Wind Shear -- Winds that change with height that can tear a tropical system apart.