Are you new to the Hypothetical Hurricanes Wiki? Do you want to learn more about how to make a hypothetical tropical cyclone season here? Well, you have come to the right place! This article is a guide to making your very own tropical cyclone season on this wiki!


How to make a tropical cyclone season?

There are several ways to make a tropical cyclone season.

  1. Go to the top right of the community header and click on the Add button (located to the left of the "8,168 pages" section). From there, the "Create a new article" box will pop up asking you what you want to call your season/article (you can also skip this by directly going to Special:CreatePage).
  2. When choosing an article name, you enter the year you want the season to take place (e.g., a past year such as 2018) and what tropical cyclone basin you want it to take place in (e.g., the East Pacific basin). Enter this information in the "Write your page title here" box.
  3. You can also decide between a standard page layout or a blank page. The standard layout provides image and video placeholders as well as section headings.

Here are some tropical cyclone basin examples:

  • Atlantic (Atlantic hurricane season);
  • Eastern and Central Pacific (Pacific hurricane season);
  • Western Pacific (Pacific typhoon season);
  • Southern Pacific (South Pacific cyclone season);
  • South-Western Indian Ocean (South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season);
  • Australian region (Australian region cyclone season);
  • Northern Indian Ocean (North Indian Ocean cyclone season).

After this step, you are redirected to the season creation page.

How to make tropical cyclone infoboxes?

For making hurricane infoboxes, use the following information:

First, you type in {{Infobox hurricane new. Then you specify which basin your hypothetical tropical cyclone is in (using | Basin = (basin code). Here is the full list of basin codes:

  • North Atlantic: Atl
  • South Atlantic: SAtl
  • Eastern/Central Pacific: EPac
  • Western Pacific: WPac
  • North Indian Ocean: NIO
  • Southern Hemisphere: SHem
  • South-West Indian Ocean: SWI
  • Australian Region: Aus
  • South Pacific: SPac

You should then type in an appropriate image that shows your storm at peak intensity, if present. It should say: | Image = (name of image).(file format). File formats can vary.

  • OPTIONAL: Use | Track = (file name of track).(file format) if you have a track of the storm.

You then type in the date the cyclone formed. Type it in as | Formed = (date of formation).

Afterwards, you type in the date your cyclone dissipated. Type it in as | Dissipated = (date of dissipation).

You then, type in how strong your cyclone is (in knots). You can use | 1-min winds = (for the Atlantic/East Pacific), | 3-min winds = (for South-West Indian Ocean/North Indian Ocean), or | 10-min winds = (for West Pacific). The value must be a number!

  • OPTIONAL: Type | Gusts= (gusts in knots) to tell how strong gusts were. This value must be a number!

Once you're done, you type in how strong your cyclone is in mbars/hPa. Type in | Pressure = (pressure in mbars/hPa) in the template.

  • The following is only needed for Category 6+ storms or subtropical cyclones:
    • Enter | Type = (category name) to specify your category. You can find a list of categories here.
    • Specify which warning center your cyclone is being warned on. Examples include "CPHC", "IMD", "JMA" and "NHC".

Finally, after you've finished everything, type in }} in the end to complete your template.

(Note: The table below is very extensive and includes custom TC template values made by other users. Asking their permission first before using their custom values is advised.) Template values include:

Values used for tropical cyclone templates
Basin Value Hexadecimal Category
North Indian Ocean
niodepression #5ebaff Depression
deepdepression #5ebaff Deep depression
cyclstorm #00faf4 Cyclonic storm
svrcyclstorm #ccffff Severe cyclonic storm
vsvrcyclstorm #ffffcc Very severe cyclonic storm
exsvrcyclstorm #ffc140 Extremely severe cyclonic storm
sprcyclstorm #ff6060 Super cyclonic storm
excyclstorm #ff1493 Extreme cyclonic storm
Southern Hemisphere
shemdepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
shemstorm #00faf4 Tropical storm
shemtc #ffffcc Tropical cyclone
shemsvrtc #ffc140 Severe tropical cyclone
shemvsvrtc #ff6060 Very severe tropical cyclone
South-West Indian Ocean
ZODW #80ccff Zone of Disturbed Weather
swiodisturbance #80ccff Tropical disturbance
swiodepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
subdisturbance #80ccff Sub-tropical disturbance
mtstorm #00faf4 Moderate tropical storm
swiosts #ccffff Severe tropical storm
swiotc #ffffcc Tropical cyclone
intense #ffc140 Intense tropical cyclone
vintense #ff6060 Very intense tropical cyclone
Australian Region
low #5ebaff Tropical low
Aus1 #00faf4 Category 1 tropical cyclone
Aus2 #ccffff Category 2 tropical cyclone
Aus3 #ffffcc Category 3 severe tropical cyclone
Aus4 #ffc140 Category 4 severe tropical cyclone
Aus5 #ff6060 Category 5 severe tropical cyclone
Aus6 #8B0000 Category 6 severe tropical cyclone
Aus7 #CC0033 Category 7 severe tropical cyclone
Aus8 #CC0066 Category 8 severe tropical cyclone
Aus9 #9B30FF Category 9 severe tropical cyclone
Aus10 #F9A7B0 Category 10 severe tropical cyclone
Aushp #ff99ff Hyperclone
South Pacific Ocean
disturbance #80ccff Tropical disturbance
spdepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
Fiji1 #00faf4 Category 1 tropical cyclone
Fiji2 #ccffff Category 2 tropical cyclone
Fiji3 #ffffcc Category 3 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji4 #ffc140 Category 4 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji5 #ff6060 Category 5 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji6 #8B0000 Category 6 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji7 #cc0033 Category 7 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji8 #cc0066 Category 8 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji9 #9B30FF Category 9 severe tropical cyclone
Fiji10 #F9A7B0 Category 10 severe tropical cyclone
FijiHP #ff99ff Hyperclone
North-West Pacific Ocean
nwpdepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
nwpstorm #00faf4 Tropical storm
STS #ccffff Severe tropical storm
typhoon #fdaf9a Typhoon
hyperphoon #ff99ff Hyperphoon
Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
depression #5ebaff Tropical depression
subdepression #5ebaff Subtropical depression
storm #00faf4 Tropical storm
subcyclone #fdaf9a Subtropical cyclone (SSHS)
subtropical #00faf4 Subtropical storm
cat1 #ffffcc Category 1 tropical cyclone
cat2 #ffe775 Category 2 tropical cyclone
cat3 #ffc140 Category 3 tropical cyclone
cat4 #ff8f20 Category 4 tropical cyclone
cat5 #ff6060 Category 5 tropical cyclone
cat6 #8b0000 Category 6 tropical cyclone
cat7 #cc0033 Category 7 tropical cyclone
cat8 #cc0066 Category 8 tropical cyclone
cat9 #9B30FF Category 9 tropical cyclone
cat10 #F9A7B0 Category 10 tropical cyclone
hycane #ff99ff Hyperclone
superhycane #cc99cc Super Hyperclone
megacane #FFCCCC Megacane
superstorm #9400D3 Superstorm
miniblackhole #99CCFF Mini Black Hole
astorm #FCFC24 Armageddon storm
supermbh #3300CC Super Mini Black Hole
hypermbh #333399 Hyper Mini Black Hole
infastorm #00CC33 Infinite Storm
snowcane #0000FF Snowcane
tropinvest #BDB76B Tropical Invest
subtropinvest #CCCC66 Subtropical Invest
cat2mcane #D2691E Category 2 megacane
lightcane #CC6633 LightningCane
cat3mcane #CD5C5C Category 3 megacane
firecane #4169E1 Firecane
erasicane #DE4F9B Erasicane
multiplicane #4fde92 Multiplicane
dividicane #924fde Dividicane
addicane #4f9bde Addicane
cat1eqv #ffffcc Category 1 equivalent storm
cat2eqv #ffe775 Category 2 equivalent storm
cat3eqv #ffc140 Category 3 equivalent storm
cat4eqv #ff8f20 Category 4 equivalent storm
cat5eqv #ff6060 Category 5 equivalent storm
European Windstorms
Euro1 #ffffcc Category 1 European windstorm (WEWC)
Euro2 #ffe775 Category 2 European windstorm (WEWC)
Euro3 #ffc140 Category 3 European windstorm (WEWC)
Euro4 #ff8f20 Category 4 European windstorm (WEWC)
Euro5 #ff6060 Category 5 European windstorm (WEWC)

medd #00faf4 Medipression
meds #ffffcc Medistorm
med #00faf4 Medicane
smed #ff6060 Severe medicane
Sprmed #8b0000 Super medicane

Great Lakes Hurricane Scale
gldep #5ebaff Great Lakes Tropical Depression
glsubdep #5ebaff Great Lakes Subtropical Depression
glstorm #00faf4 Great Lakes Tropical Storm
glsubstorm #00faf4 Great Lakes Subtropical Storm
glcat0 #39c1c1 Great Lakes Category 0 Hurricane
glcat1 #ffffcc Great Lakes Category 1 Hurricane
glcat2 #ffe775 Great Lakes Category 2 Hurricane
glcat3 #ffc140 Great Lakes Category 3 Hurricane
glcat4 #ff8f20 Great Lakes Category 4 Hurricane
glcat5 #ff6060 Great Lakes Category 5 Hurricane
glcat6 #8b0000 Great Lakes Category 6 Hurricane
Anti Storms
antidepression #5ebaff Tropical Antidepression
antistorm #00faf4 Tropical Antistorm
anticat1 #ffffcc Category -1 Antihurricane
anticat2 #ffe775 Category -2 Antihurricane
anticat3 #ffc140 Category -3 Antihurricane
anticat4 #ff8f20 Category -4 Antihurricane
anticat5 #ff6060 Category -5 Antihurricane
antihycane #ff99ff Anti hypercane
Lake Michigan Scale
lmdep #5ebaff Cyclonic Depression (162MC)
lmstorm #00faf4 Cyclonic Storm (162MC)
lmcycl #ffc140 Cyclone (162MC)
lmmajor #ff6060 Major Cyclone (162MC)
Simple Hurricane Scale
tropdep #5ebaff Tropical Depression
subtropdep #5ebaff Subtropical Depression
tropstorm #00faf4 Tropical Storm
subtropstorm #00faf4 Subtropical Storm
cyclone #ffffcc Tropical Cyclone
sevcyclone #ffc140 Severe Cyclone
verysevcyclone #ff6060 Very Severe Cyclone
SRTC Saltcane Scale
slt #c0c0c0 Unknown strength tropical cyclone
slt0 #c0c0c0 Unknown strength tropical cyclone
slt1 #c0c0c0 Unknown strength tropical cyclone
slt2 #c0c0c0 Unknown strength tropical cyclone
slt3 #c0c0c0 Unknown strength tropical cyclone
sltv #c0c0c0 Unknown strength tropical cyclone
New NIO scale
tpeniotd #5ebaff Tropical depression (IMD)
tpeniots #00faf4 Tropical storm (IMD)
tpenio1 #ffffcc Cyclone (IMD)
tpenio2 #ffe775 Moderate cyclone (IMD)
tpenio3 #ffc140 Major cyclone (IMD)
tpenio4 #ff8f20 Extremely major cyclone (IMD)
tpenio5 #ff6060 Super cyclone (IMD)


Here are some storm examples:

Hurricane Huko

{{Infobox hurricane new
| Basin          = Atl
| Image          = Fiona 2016.jpg
| Formed         = October 25
| Dissipated     = October 30
| 1-min winds    = 175
| Pressure       = 918
| Type           = cat6
| WarningCenter  = CPHC

The above becomes:

Category 6 hurricane (CPHC)
Fiona 2016 
DurationOctober 25 – October 30
Peak intensity200 mph (325 km/h) (1-min)  918 mbar (hPa)

Another example:

Cyclonic Storm Phet-Kurt


{{Infobox hurricane new
| Basin          = NIO
| Image          = 04W.2020.jpg
| Formed         = June 6
| Dissipated     = June 9
| 3-min winds    = 40
| Pressure       = 994
| Type           = cyclstorm
| WarningCenter  = IMD


Cyclonic storm (IMD)
DurationJune 6 – June 9
Peak intensity75 km/h (45 mph) (3-min)  994 hPa (mbar)


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