Weather Facts

Are there any benefits from tropical cyclones?

Tropical cyclones do have some major benefits. Although these storms cause major damage on occasion and cause injury and death, they are really a necessary evil. Here's why. These storms actually balance the earthÝs heat by taking huge amounts of heat out of the tropical oceans and transporting the heat to the Polar Regions of the globe. They also provide beneficial rains to many areas that would otherwise be too dry. Hurricanes and tropical storms have been known to break droughts which have saved farmers and water supplies in many communities. Most of the time, we know when they are coming, so we can get out of harms way. As far as property damage is concerned, we should build structures stronger to withstand these storms in hurricane prone areas.