I'm a pretty intelligent guy (I like to think) and I work with a pretty intelligent guy. Today, I said cyclones can't form close to the equator, thinking cyclones need the Coriolis effect. He was quite adament that they could and sent me this:
(Tropical Cyclone) Vamei formed and reached tropical storm strength at 1.5º N
But I came back with this:
Hurricanes and cyclones can't actually form within 4 degrees of the equator, because the Coriolis effect is just too small
Do cyclones (or hurricanes) form within 4 degrees of the equator?