Here’s a concise list of meteorological conditions necessary for the formation of tropical cyclonic storms, provided by Brad Crosier of FlightSafety International. Look for these in weather (aka, met) reports: Warm sea surface temperatures (or SSTs, >26C/79F). Cooler sea surface temperatures inhibit convective development. Latitude: More than 5 deg. from the equator. Closer to the equator, there is insufficient Coriolis force to impart rotation to the system. High relative ...

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