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Welcome to WikiProject Tropical cyclones, a WikiProject to systematically organize all the information in Wikipedia related to tropical cyclones (also known as hurricanes or typhoons). This project's focus is to centralize the efforts of many Wikipedians to make Wikipedia the best free resource when it comes to information about the subject.

Astronaut image of Hurricane Dean.

If you want to help, feel free to look at the project's noticeboard, the
to do list, the #wiki-hurricanes IRC channel, or this talk page.

Scope[edit]

This WikiProject aims to provide a common layout for articles on official tropical cyclones—classified by any warning center, or considered a tropical cyclone in a scientific journal or publication—as well as the science behind them.

Goals[edit]

To provide an encyclopedic overview for tropical cyclones, including coverage of historical individual storms and the structure of a cyclone, and to categorize all known tropical cyclones in an effective and cohesive fashion.
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Parentage[edit]

The parent of this project is WikiProject Meteorology.

This project is partially inspired by:

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Current members[edit]

To invite other users to the project, use {{WP:WPTC/Invite}}. To welcome a new member to the project, use {{WP:WPTC/W}}.


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In 2013, WxBot was created to assist the project and other meteorology-related projects. As the bot runs through AutoWikiBrowser, only tasks that can be performed in AWB can be performed by the bot. Click here to make a request for the bot to perform a task.

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You can award the Tropical Cyclone Barnstar by writing {{subst:tropical cyclone barnstar|text ~~~~}} on the talk page of a user you feel has excelled in contributions on the subject of tropical cyclones.

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Tropical cyclones portal

Templates will provide a useful set of features to show information on tropical cyclones and seasons in a consistent format. Guidelines for naming, links, and categorization help keep the vast number of articles properly interconnected.

Basins[edit]

Tropical cyclones are separated by basin. Generally each basin has its own categories; all articles for a particular basin are inter-woven using links and categories. It's important that the basin is listed identically (including capitalization) for all articles. The basin is generally passed in to templates to automatically create categorizations and links within an article.

The basins include:

Templates[edit]

A number of templates exist to make life easier for tropical cyclone article writers. For a complete list, see Category:Hurricane templates.

Categories[edit]

Categorizing all articles consistently makes it easier for readers to navigate through related articles. The top-level category Category:Tropical cyclones should be reserved for a few select meteorological articles; most articles should be categories into several of the sub-categories therein.

Images[edit]

To make uploading and categorization easier, season and storm articles should have consistent types of images and those images should have consistent names.

  • If you create storm track map using Jdorje's track map generator, try to upload it to Commons and tag it with {{hurricane auto track map}}.
  • Storm peak-intensity visible-light pictures. Most storms have a satellite picture of the storm at peak intensity. Higher resolution is always better.
  • Storm landfall visible-light pictures. Other storms have a satellite picture of the storm at landfall. Again higher resolution is always better.
  • Non-visible-light storm images. Many storms may have IR, doppler, or other types of meteorological pictures.

Article guidelines[edit]

Storm articles[edit]

Example articles: Hurricane Mitch, Hurricane Floyd

Articles can be created on any storm, provided they are reasonably well-written, comprehensive, and generally have more than two paragraphs of information on it in the body of the article. Articles may be merged by consensus, however.

Naming[edit]

  • Hurricanes should only receive a separate article if they are long enough not to be considered a stub. If there isn't enough to write about, the text can go inside the article for the hurricane season.
  • When creating a new article for an active storm when it may or may not be appropriate (i.e. a major hurricane currently threatening land), it is generally best to put a request up in the discussion for that hurricane season (e.g. Talk:2006 Atlantic hurricane season) and discuss it with others.
  • Named hurricanes generally do not have unique names. A storm that has had its name retired may take its name for the main article (e.g. Hurricane Charley, Tropical Storm Allison, Cyclone Tracy); use the prefix appropriate for the tropical cyclone's basin.
  • Less infamous (i.e. non-retired) hurricanes may have a separate page distinguished by year (e.g. Hurricane Bertha (1996)), only if it must be differentiated (e.g. Tropical Storm Bret (1993) and Hurricane Bret (1999)). If a name was used only once, no year is needed (e.g. Hurricane Rina or Typhoon Zeb).
  • If a name has been used only once (or is being used for the first time) and is not warranting an article, it should be created as a redirect to that season (e.g. Tropical Storm Peter redirects to 2003 Atlantic hurricane season).
  • Never hesitate to add a redirect when there is no article for a particular hurricane. Redirects help users to find information if it's "hidden" in a season article, and prevent spurious creation of new articles. This is particularly useful for active hurricanes, as users will otherwise often jump at the chance to write a "new" article about the event. Articles should be redirected to disambiguation pages or (only when there is no ambiguity) to the season article that includes the hurricane. Do not redirect to the season article when a disambiguation page exists, as there is then no way for readers to find the disambiguation.
    • This is also helpful for people who wish to provide links to WP for current storms: they can do it once, and the redirect will catch the in-links unless and until a separate page is created. Question: should the redirect go to the season page, or the section thereon for that specific storm?
  • Unnamed (including numbered) hurricanes (used for older tropical cyclones in all basins) should be distinguished by location, type, and year. The acceptable naming convention is 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. All unnamed hurricanes should always have a year in the name. Again, create redirects wherever necessary to avoid confusion or duplicate articles.

Storm article structure[edit]

Storm disambiguation pages[edit]

  • All tropical cyclones of the same name should be visible through a disambiguation page (e.g. Hurricane Diana (disambiguation)). If none of the disambiguated storms are particularly infamous the main name may be used for the disambiguation (e.g. Hurricane Danielle). The disambiguation should be basin-independent and should cover all storms in all basins with the same name. If in doubt use "Tropical Storm" or "Tropical Cyclone" as the prefix for the disambiguation when multiple basins are involved.
    • Exception: a disambiguation page may not be needed when there are just two storms with a certain name and at one takes the main naming space to disambiguate to the other. See for instance Hurricane Andrew.
  • Disambiguation pages are also categorized by basin (sometimes into multiple basins); see Typhoon Nina for an example. An example basin category is Category:Atlantic hurricanes.
  • Disambiguation pages are categorized by season as well (see Tropical Storm Hazel for an example). See the child categories of Category:Tropical cyclone seasons for a complete list of season categories.
  • Storm disambiguation articles (like Hurricane Gordon (disambiguation)) should be in the Category:Tropical cyclone disambiguation pages category. Previously, using {{hurricane disambig}} in the article would accomplish this automatically, but the template is currently deprecated.

Season articles[edit]

  • Seasons are separated by basin. Compare 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, 2005 Pacific hurricane season, 2005 Pacific typhoon season. There are generally seven basins (N Atlantic, NW Pacific, NE Pacific, SW Pacific, N Indian, SW Indian, Australian Region,) but not all may justify articles.
  • Use {{Infobox hurricane season}} or a variant, as mentioned above.
  • Add {{hurricane}} at the top of the talk page of season articles.
  • Link to other appropriate season articles. For instance 2005 Atlantic hurricane season links to the articles for the 2005 NW and NE Pacific seasons and to the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 N Atlantic season articles.
  • Season articles should include an overall summary plus a short summary for each storm, with a link to the storm page where appropriate, preferably as part of the lead section. See 2004 Atlantic hurricane season for an example. If a storm's summary becomes too long it may be moved into a separate article.
  • Categorize the season into a season category; see Category:Tropical cyclone seasons for choices. There is a template to help with this.
  • Each season should have a track image if possible. See /Tracks.

Hierarchy definition[edit]

Tropical cyclones are categorized by basin, strength, season, and region. Seasons are categorized by basin and year.

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Lists[edit]

See also Category:Lists of tropical cyclones. Where possible these should be complemented by or replaced by categories.

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