What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a storm with violent winds and floods that is similar to a tropical cyclone but it is much more powerful.
How Does a Hurricane Form?
- A hurricane forms with three things, very hot water, an ocean or sea, steamy air, and water gas, clouds that are stormy.
- The water in the sea heats up to become very hot.
- Then the air can become steamy from that.
- Then the water gas rising from the heated up water becomes a water gas.
- The water gas mixes with the steamy air.
- Then that goes into the stormy clouds.
- Winds get added into the clouds and water gas mixed with steamy air.
- Then a hurricane forms from that.
- Hurricanes don't happen often because the water has to be very hot which doesn't happen often.
Historical Examples of Hurricanes
- Hurricane Galveston happened in 1900
- Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005
- 1,800 people died in Hurricane Katrina
- 8,000 people died in Hurricane Galveston
- Hurricane Katrina costed 75 billion dollars in property damage
- Hurricane Galveston costed 30 million dollars in property damage
- More people survived Katrina because with modern technology and people knowing more survival techniques, less people died.
- Hurricane Galveston injuries are not listed
- Hurricane Katrina injuries are not listed
- Hurricane Katrina happened in the New Orleans area mostly.
- Hurricane Galveston happened in the texas area mostly.
- Hurricane Katrina Happened on Tuesday August, 5th 2005
- Hurricane Galveston happened on September, 8th 1900.
- Hurricane winds spin from 75 mph to 200 mph
- The air pressure in a hurricane is a low pressure system
- The type of precipitation in a hurricane is rain
- Floods are caused during hurricanes
- About the range of a hurricane's temperature is 50 degrees and above but it depends on the location of the hurricane.
- A low pressure system is where the air pressure is low so there is usually a gloomy cloudy day with precipitation usually.
What have we done today to prepare for hurricanes?
- We have hurricane tracking radars with modern technology
- We have built higher buildings to avoid drowning
- We know that to survive we should get to high ground
- Buildings can resist heavier winds.
Morgan, S. (2000). Hurricanes. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books.