Severe Weather

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Part one of a unit for Middle School geography class about severe weather

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Severe Weather

  1. 1. An Introduction to Hurricanes
  2. 2. Objectives for today <ul><li>Understand the various factors that help to create a hurricane. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the various stages in the life cycle of a hurricane </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how weather forecasters track hurricanes to warn people </li></ul><ul><li>Apply some of our knowledge to the current weather events involving Hurricane Ike </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hurricanes – the whole <ul><li>A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, a large, swirling storm that produces lots of wind and rain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do they move? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the eye? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why don’t they hit Kansas? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What creates a hurricane? <ul><li>Origin of most hurricanes </li></ul><ul><li>Start to become hurricanes because of two main factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little or no wind shear allows a storm to gather its strength </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ocean gives the storm plenty of water to feed itself with </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where do they form? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the “life cycle” of a hurricane? </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do we characterize hurricanes? <ul><li>Strength </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saffir-Simpson Scale </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Names </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Given by the World Meteorological Organization every year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Destructive storms have their names “retired” </li></ul></ul>

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