When are midlatitude cyclones most frequent in the central united states

Mid-latitude cyclones occur most often during the winter season in the United States. Mid-latitude cyclones bring strong winds and heavy rain and snow to much of the central United States.

A mid-latitude cyclone is a synoptic scale low pressure system that has cyclonic flow found in the middle latitudes. These pressure areas pop up easily during winter because of the large temperature contrasts between the equator and the North Pole.

A mid-latitude cyclone is not a storm or a hurricane. Hurricanes and mid-latitude cyclones differ in size and location. Cyclones like to develop along air mass boundaries. Mid-latitude cyclones tend to develop in regions such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean (just east of the Carolinas), the Great Plains (east of the Rockies) and the Great Basin (east of the Sierra Nevadas).

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Updated on Friday, February 21 2014 at 03:42AM EST