What on Earth is föhn? Explaining unusual weather system names around the world


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The world is full of unique weather events, but many of them aren’t as unique as you may think. Sometimes weather systems are given wild names, but they’re actually the same type of system.

In this First Warning Weather University lesson, we look at some of these weather systems and the wild names they have.

In this FWWU lesson you’ll learn:

  • What’s the difference between a hurricane and a cyclone?
  • Where do typhoons happen?
  • What is a chinook and a föhn?

There’s more in the First Warning Weather University:

  • How are hurricanes being effected by climate change?
  • Why do some clouds look weirder than others?
  • How does an old tool help meteorologists forecast the weather?


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