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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 paper icon (located to the right of the "10,617 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?

Most storms on this wiki use the Infobox hurricane new template, although there are others which you can use. If you're using VisualEditor, click on the Insert button and then on the Template button. Afterward, type "Infobox hurricane new" and click on Add Template (or alternatively, press the enter button). There, you should fill the appropriate information. If you want to know what each category is for, click on the "i" button.

When you're done, you can just press Insert to add your template.

If you're using source editor, you can enter this mode and post this on the page, while changing the parameter information.

{{Infobox hurricane new
| Basin          = (Insert basin, i.e. Atl, SAtl, EPac, WPac, NIO, SHem, SWI, Aus, or SPac)
| Image          = (Any image file)
| Formed         = (The storm's formation date)
| Dissipated     = (The storm's dissipation date)
| 1-min winds    = (The storm's 1-min sustained wind speeds, in knots, used in the Atl and EPac)
| 3-min winds    = (The storm's 3-min sustained wind speeds, in knots, used in the NIO)
| 10-min winds   = (The storm's 10-min sustained wind speeds, in knots, used in the WPac)
| Pressure       = (The storm's pressure)
| Type           = (For hypo categories only - if a storm from another basin, use storm type)
| WarningCenter  = (For hypo categories only - if a custom basin storm, type the warning center here)

Some of the options you can use for the Type field are listed in this table below. It's 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 #80ccff Depression
deepdepression #5ebaff Deep depression
cyclstorm #00faf4 Cyclonic storm
svrcyclstorm #ccffff Severe cyclonic storm
vsvrcyclstorm #ffffcc Very severe cyclonic storm
esvrcyclstorm #ffc140 Extremely severe cyclonic storm
sprcyclstorm #ff6060 Super cyclonic storm
excyclstorm #ff1493 Extreme cyclonic storm
Southern Hemisphere
shemdepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
shemtc #ffffcc Tropical cyclone
shemsvrtc #ffe775 Severe tropical cyclone
South-West Indian Ocean
subdisturbance #80ccff Sub-tropical disturbance
swiodisturbance #80ccff Tropical disturbance
swiodepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
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 and South Pacific
disturbance #80ccff Tropical disturbance
spdepression #5ebaff Tropical depression
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
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
potential #80ccff Potential tropical cyclone
depression #5ebaff Tropical depression
subdepression #5ebaff Subtropical depression
MD #5ebaff Monsoon depression
storm #00faf4 Tropical storm
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
megacane #FFCCCC Megacane
infastorm #00CC33 Infinite Storm
miniblackhole #99CCFF Mini Black Hole
New NIO scale
tpeniotd #5ebaff Tropical depression
tpeniots #00faf4 Tropical storm
tpenio1 #ffffcc Cyclone
tpenio2 #ffe775 Moderate cyclone
tpenio3 #ffc140 Major cyclone
tpenio4 #ff8f20 Major cyclone
tpenio5 #ff6060 Super cyclone
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

Examples of some fictional storms

Right now, we're going to be demonstrating a few examples of fictional storms and how they'll show up in your articles. In source mode, we'll use this code here as an example:

==== Hurricane Huko ====
{{Infobox hurricane new
| Basin          = EPac
| Image          = Fiona 2016.jpg
| Formed         = October 25
| Dissipated     = October 30
| 1-min winds    = 135
| Pressure       = 938

The above becomes the following:

Hurricane Huko

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Fiona 2016.jpg 
DurationOctober 25 – October 30
Peak intensity155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min)  938 mbar (hPa)

This is an example of an Eastern Pacific basin storm. As the storm is not from a fictional basin or has a different category than those used in the SSHWS, we did not use the Type or WarningCenter parameters.

Now we're going to test the following code:

==== 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

The above becomes the following:

Cyclonic Storm Phet-Kurt

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

As you can see, we used 3-min winds instead of 1-min winds. This is because the basin is the North Indian Ocean, which uses 3-minute sustained winds. It's completely up to you if you want to use them, but most NIO seasons use them. Just like in the previous example, we did not use the Type or WarningCenter parameters.

And now we're going to test the following code:

==== Subtropical Userstorm Percy ====
{{Infobox hurricane new
| Basin          = Atl
| Image          = Emily 2017-07-31 1555Z.jpg
| Formed         = May 23
| Dissipated     = May 26
| 1-min winds    = 45
| Pressure       = 1000
| Type           = subuserstorm

The above becomes the following:

Subtropical Userstorm Percy

Subtropical userstorm (NUC)
Arlene 2017-04-20 1512Z.jpg 
DurationMay 23 – May 26
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

This is an example of a weak, short-lived userstorm. Userstorms are a concept used to designate fictional depressions, storms, and hurricanes that are based on the users of the wiki. In this case, we used the Type parameter as usercanes use a fictional category system. Had we not used that parameter, it would've been marked as a tropical storm, unless we marked it as subtropical.

If we wanted a different weather center to show up, we could've used the WeatherCenter parameter and typed one (for example, "NHC").


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