While the Atlantic basin remains quiet, the eastern Pacific basin is already up to the the "E" storm, Emilia, and another potentially developing storm right on its heels. As I poked around this morning looking at the latest models and satellite imagery, I decided that it was time to dedicate my Forbes space to another meteorological "101" session. This time I want to address a question that I often receive as an atmospheric sciences professor and meteorologist. Why don't hurricanes, typhoons, or cyclones form near the equator?
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