What is the difference between cyclone, hurricane, tornado and twister?
Technically, a cyclone is any kind of circular wind storm. But now, it is only used to describe a strong tropical storm found off of the coast of India. Hurricanes and Typhoons are the same thing, but in different places. On the coast of Florida it is called hurricane. In the Philipines, it is called typhoon. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and typhoons, in the Pacific. Basically, hurricanes and typhoons form over water and are huge, while tornados form over land and are much smaller in size. A tornado is a violent windstorm characterised by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud. In the United States, twister is used as a a colloquial term for tornado.
— Pradeep Jain, Agra
For a glossary of hurricane related terms, check the National (US) Hurricane Center.
The Hurricane Research Center of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab has Hurrican FAQs in English, Spanish, French, and German.
Both are part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) so they have links to other weather related information as well. [I'm also testing blogspot's new "scheduling posts dated in the future" feature. Let's see if this is posted at 8:29am May 13.]
And I can't mention the cyclone in Burma without some comment on the evil of the ruling clique there. There isn't much we can do now, though complaining to elected officials and Chevron wouldn't hurt. But this is an example of the world letting this boil fester for years and years. Anyone who wants to know, has known that these leaders have badly used the people of Burma to enrich themseles and whatever twisted power needs they have. China is a major enabler of these activities - lots of Chinese goods pass across their border with Burma - as are corporations like Chevron that take advantage of the slave labor arranged by the Burmese military.