Why don’t hurricanes form at the equator? | Live Science

The fierce winds of a hurricane are known as tropical cyclones in some parts of the world, so you might expect them to sweep across the entire tropics. But there’s one area of the tropics where hurricanes almost never form: the equator.Historical maps of the locations of tropical cyclones (also known as typhoons and hurricanes, depending on the location) would reveal that “it is extremely rare for them to form within a few degrees of the equator,” Gary Barnes(opens in new tab), a meteorologist who’s now retired from the University of Hawaii, told Live Science. (One degree of latitude covers about 69 miles, or 111 kilometers.)

But why aren’t there hurricanes at the equator?

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