What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects


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Where on earth is the term tropical cyclone most likely to be used?

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1. Which statement is NOT true about tropical cyclones?

2. Select the statement that best describes a mesocyclone.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you assess your understanding of cyclones and characteristics they possess. In order to pass the quiz, you will need to differentiate cyclones and hurricanes, as well as identify characteristics of cyclones.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help you review:

  • Definition of a cyclone
  • Differences between cyclones and hurricanes
  • Mesocyclones
  • Formation of cyclones

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding cyclones
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about mesocyclones
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the formation of cyclones and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about cyclones, review the corresponding lesson called What Are Cyclones? - Types, Causes & Effects. This lesson will help you:

  • Compare and contrast updraft and downdraft
  • Examine how cyclones differ from hurricanes
  • Identify the different types of cyclones
  • Define storm surge
  • Identify the difference between a tropical depression, tropical storm and a cyclone