Can a hurricane cross the equator?

March 12, 2008 1:29:10 PM PDT
No. The Earth's natural spin deflects large storms, such as hurricanes, away from the equator.

Erica's Answer:

In fact, big storms can't form close to the equator at all! The Coriolis parameter, which is the factor that produces spin in large storms, is very small near the equator. So, if a hurricane or cyclone comes close to the equator, it would lose its spin, and get deflected back toward the higher latitudes.

- Erica


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