๐Ÿ—บ Geography

Why don't hurricanes form in the Earth's polar regions?

1 answers
James VardiniI have recently graduated from Imperial College London with an Upper Second Class degree in Biochemistry17.5k students helped

The simplest answer is that the polar regions are much cooler. Hurricanes form in warm waters, which creates areas of high and low pressure, resulting in the air moving rapidly in a spinning motion. The warmer the water, the more strength it will have. The term hurricane only applies to tropic storms, where the water temperature is much higher, as opposed to the polar regions which are much, much cooler. You may also want to reserach the Coriolis effect for further study. I hope that helps! :)

Ask questions

Get an answer in 5 minutes from expert tutors at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and more.

Get an answer