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Re: Can mega-hurricanes happen if multiple storms join up with each other?

Date: Thu Oct 21 14:31:47 1999
Posted By: G. Keith Little, Senior Software Engineer
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 936188261.Es


Yes, hurricanes can "join" so to speak.  There's a phenomenon known as the 
"Fujiwhara Effect", which was first shown experimentally in 1921.  It's the 
interaction between two, three, or four tropical cyclones within 1500 km of 
each other.  These tropical cyclones either attract or repel each other.

For more information, click on "Fujiwhara Effect" at:

Hope this helps,

G. Keith Little
Senior Software Engineer
Federated Software group
St. Louis, Missouri

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