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CORDERO'S CORNER: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?

CORDERO'S CORNER: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?
Posted at 9:40 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 04:50:24-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Every Tuesday on WTXL Sunrise, you'll be able to have one of your own weather questions answered by Meteorologist Alex Cordero.

This week, our question was emailed by viewer Chris Floyd, from Tallahassee, Florida.

His question: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?

The National Weather Service defines it as "The tendency of two nearby tropical cyclones to rotate cyclonically about each other." It is a very rare phenomenon. This can happen with hurricanes in the Atlantic, Typhoons in the Pacific, and other low pressure systems worldwide. Hurricane Nicole and Hurricane Matthew had slight interactions with each other as Matthew was barreling down the U.S. east coast.

When two tropical systems get very close to each other, they can interact with one another. The influence of the storms rotations can cause them to rotate about a single point. And if one storm becomes large enough, its circulation can "eat" the smaller one. The resulting storm isn't always stronger, but it can certainly look intimidating.

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