Weather 101

When hurricanes collide: The Fujiwhara Effect

There are currently three tropical storms spinning in the Atlantic Ocean, and another could form as early as next week.

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When the Atlantic becomes crowded with tropical storms and hurricanes, they can sometimes run into one another.

It’s a phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara Effect, named for the meteorologist who first described it.

While the storms currently in the Atlantic aren’t close enough to interact with one another, there’s still time left in the season to witness two new storms experiencing a Fujiwhara Effect.

Watch the video to learn more about the Fujiwhara effect and witness the few times it’s occurred.

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