Cyclones and anticyclones are some of the most destructive weather conditions that can turn structures and huge farms into a complete mess and loss. That is why people are largely frightened of it. It would be a big help if you put attention on knowing the characteristics of cyclones vs anticyclones so that you know what to prepare when this crazy time comes.

The characteristics of cyclones

  • It is a weather condition in which the wind inwardly rotates to a low atmospheric pressure area.
  • They are the most disastrous and violent atmospheric disturbances with an average speed of 120 km/h up to 400 im/p.
  • It possesses a closed isobar which means it can present greater storm velocity with a sharp pressure gradient, a very low center pressure which the wind from its surrounding is being pulled toward its core that is often called the cyclones’ “eye”.
  • They only form over oceans and seas where they are most violent. Due to friction, their velocity decreases and can soon dissipate on landfall but can still badly affect us especially the coastal areas. Their movement is east to west direction and is influenced by strong winds.
  • They occur in a specific period annually.

The characteristics of anticyclones

  • Is a weather condition in which the air sinks and falls apart under high pressure and when the air sinks, it warms up resulting in a dry atmosphere that can last for many days or even
  • The wind is not that strong due to its small gradient pressure, larger than depressions, and blocks depressions too that slows down the bad weather.
  • As the air decreases its pressure also increases and it has to move to another spot when it reaches the land. The basic influence of its changing direction is the Earth’s rotation.


The above-mentioned are different atmospheric phenomena that we have to prepare for. So, knowing the characteristics of cyclones vs anticyclones can somehow give plus hints on how to get ready during these disturbances.