The Fujiwhara Effect explained

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — There is a lot of buzz around two tropical storms heading toward the Gulf. Here is what you need to know about this rare weather phenomenon.

This is a phenomenon that occurs when two tropical systems get close to each other (named after Sakuhei Fujiwhara, the Japanese meteorologist who initially described the effect).

Several things can happen when the two system get close to one another…

  • If they are similar in size/strength, then can pinwheel around each other
  • The bigger storm can absorb the smaller one
  • They can move away from each other (repel)

This article is part of the WATE 6 Storm Weather School


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