|Why does the area of the Bermuda triangle have
more storms? Is this related to magnetic anomalies? |
There are many hurricanes in the Bermuda
Triangle because it is in a hurricane zone, with
warmer waters feeding the formation of storms. Any
tropical area has this property, and the Bermuda
Triangle's reputation is mostly made up.
There aren't any magnetic anomalies in the
triangle, even. Simply because it is in the
tropics, the weather can be dangerous for ships
and plane, and no current scientific evidence
exists to show that the triangle is any different
than any other tropical area. It's a very common
myth, though, and a good plot point for science
It turns out that it actually doesn't. The Bermuda
Triangle has stormy weather as a body of
semi-tropical water, but it has about the same
number of storms as another body of water does at
similar latitude, and, for the amount of shipping
going through it, it has a similar rate of wrecks
as any similarly sized body of water at that
latitude as well.
Actually, the Bermuda Triangle doesn't on
average have more storms than any other tropical
body of water. A lot of the stories surrounding
the Bermuda Triangle were fabricated or
To answer your question about tropical storms
in general: tropical storm formation typically
requires very warm, large bodies of water, such as
those found in what has been referred to as the
Bermuda Triangle. Water from the surface of the
ocean evaporates because of the high temperatures.
The evaporated water, which exists in the form of
a gas, rises from the ocean's surface because it
is hot relative to the air above it (hot air
rises, cool air sinks). As the hot air is rising,
surrounding warm, moist air flows in and since the
earth is rotating, air "curves" or "spirals"
toward the center rather than travelling in a
straight line. Hope this helps!
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