What is the difference between a cyclone and an anticyclone?



A cyclone is an area of low pressure where air masses meet and rise.

An anticyclone is an area of high pressure where air moves apart and sinks.

It indicates bad weather, like rain and clouds.

It indicates fair weather

Winds in a cyclone blow counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

Winds in an anticyclone blow clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

In a cyclone, air near the ground is pushed toward the low-pressure centre of the cyclone and then rises upward, expanding and cooling as it moves. 

Air at the centre of an anticyclone is forced away from its area of high pressure and replaced by a downward blast of air from higher altitudes. 

As it cools, the rising air becomes more humid, leading to cloudiness and high humidity within the cyclone.

The air compresses and heats up as it moves downward, reducing its humidity and leading to fewer clouds within the anticyclone.


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