A new conceptual model on Mediterranean hurricanes -  "Medicanes".


Medicanes are rare, intense and destructive warm-core cyclones occasionally generated in Mediterranean Basin. 

Compared with tropical cyclones, medicanes are weaker and smaller in size, with diameters under 300 km, while the diameter of a hurricane is larger than 1000 km. Hurricanes move in general from east to west due to easterly winds, while medicanes generally (but not always) move from west to east due to the mid-latitude westerlies.

Medicanes mostly occur in the western Mediterranean and in the region extending from the Ionian Sea to the North African coast. There is strong variability from year to year without any significant trends.


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