Stormy Weather

Hurricanes, Monsoons, and Tropical Storms

Why don’t we see hurricanes in the South Atlantic Ocean?

The cold sea surface temperatures of the South Atlantic and atmospheric conditions, such as the tendency of the Intertropical Convergence Zone to remain in the Northern Hemisphere, make hurricane formation south of the equator unlikely. However, in March 2004, a hurricane did strike the coast of Brazil, which was a very unusual event.


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