In the Northern Hemisphere, do surface winds around the center of a hurricane move counterclockwise and inward or counterclockwise and outward?

I'm guessing they move inward.


The winds in a hurricane move cyclonic and inward at the surface and anti-cyclonic and outward in the upper troposphere.

Cyclonic winds are counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Anti-cyclonic is the opposite of cyclonic.

See this answer for a more detailed discussion of the winds within a tropical cyclone.


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