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Provides weather information, such as data from satellites Responsible for issuing watches and warnings to the media and general public
What is the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning? ◦ Watch – Tropical storm poses a threat to coastal areas with 36 hours ◦ Warning - Tropical storm conditions are expected in a coastal area within 24 hours
Warm ocean temperatures (>80˚ F) up to 60m deep Little to no wind shear Low pressure system at least 5˚ North or South of Equator Rotation caused by winds
Tropical Disturbance Group of thunderstorms in the tropics that are present for at least 24 hours Tropical Wave lack of circulation, winds <25 mph and every direction Tropical Depression closed circulation but disorganized, winds at least 25 mph
Tropical Storm Shower and thunderstorm moves over closed circulation, winds greater than 39 mph Hurricane Eye is developed, winds > 74 mph