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Easier - A hurricane is a very powerful, sometimes violent storm with strong winds and heavy rains.
Harder - A hurricane is a powerful, spiraling storm that begins over a warm sea, near the equator. When a hurricane hits land, it can do great damage through its fierce winds, torrential rains, inland flooding, and huge waves crashing ashore. A powerful hurricane can kill more people and destroy more property than any other natural disaster.
Hurricanes are given a different label, depending on where they occur. If they begin over the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Northeast Pacific Ocean, they are called hurricanes. Like storms that occur in the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the imaginary International Date Line are called typhoons. Near Australia and in the Indian Ocean, they are referred to as tropical cyclones.
Canadian Hurricane Centre: Just For Kids from Environment Canada's Green Lane
You can find the answers to questions like how do hurricanes work, how are they measured, and when is hurricane season.
Related Websites:
2) Hurricanes at FEMA For Kids
Hurricane Storm Science at the Miami Museum of Science
Here you learn how hurricanes work and see how they are measured. You can also read stories of hurricane survivors and more.
Hurricanes (Part of NASA's Learning Technologies Project at Athena Weather)
At this site, you can learn about hurricanes by watching movies of hurricane Andrew, making notes and sketches in your science journal, exploring how it might feel to be a hurricane, and making a hurricane art project.
Hyper Hurricanes by Mary K. Miller at Discovery Online
Learn about how these super storms are made, read about ancient hurricanes, see videos of some huge storms, and even create your own
After visiting several of the hurricane websites, complete one or more of these activities:
Make a Hurricane Spiral. Use the resources found at Make a Hurricane Spiral to create, and better understand, the spiral effect of a hurricane.
Complete Some Hurricane Activities. Follow the directions you find at Hurricanes (Athena) and learn about hurricanes by watching movie clips of hurricane Andrew and making notes and sketches in a journal. Later explore how it might feel to be a hurricane and make a hurricane art project. You can complete a related project at Tropical Cyclones: Hurricanes and Typhoons.
Take an Interactive Hurricane Quiz. Test your knowledge of hurricanes by completing the Interactive Quiz at the Power of Hurricanes.
Complete a Hurricane WebQuest. Adapt or follow the procedures found at one or more of the following webQuest sites:
1) Hurricane Webquest (Grade 4)
2) Hurricane Web Quest (Grade 5-8)
3) Hurricanes: Understanding Their Destructive Power (Grade 10-12)
4) In the "EYE" of the Storm by Christi Huse and Tom Sizemore (Grade 4-8)
5) In the Eye of the Storm by Emily Breuer (Grade 5)
6) Welcome, Mayor... Have a Hurricane! at WeatherEye (Grade 7-12)
Complete a Hurricane Preparedness Plan. First visit lots of the sites like Hurricane Page, Are You Ready for a Hurricane?, Hurricane Fact Sheet, and Hurricanes!. Then prepare a plan for your home that covers what to do before a hurricane hits, what to do during a hurricane, and finally what needs to be done after a hurricane has gone through.
Write a Hurricane Story. If you live in an area that has experienced hurricanes, you might want to gather stories from neighbors, family, and friends. For help with conducting interviews and the oral history process, visit Oral History. But if you do not live in a hurricane area, write your own fiction story about a hurricane. Illustrate your finished hurricane story with drawings or photographs.
Websites By Kids For Kids
Hurricanes by Rachel Rusch and Janira Vazquez
This brief report was created by 8th grade students.
Hurricanes (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
Learn how hurricanes develop, the parts of a hurricane, what a Saffir Simpson Scale is, and interesting facts about hurricanes. Also includes instructions on how to prepare for one, and what to do during and/after a hurricane.
Hurricanes: Nature's Fury (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
Here visitors learn what to do before, during, and after a hurricane arrives. This site explains how hurricanes are formed and classified, the effects of hurricanes on property and the environment, and provides personal hurricane experiences.
Sunnykey Island: A Hurricane Simulation (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This webpage was designed by a group of 5th grade students to promote hurricane safety in a fun, interactive way.
Typhoon Aerospace (1998 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This website contains articles, photographs, and research pages related to typhoons, the Pacific Ocean's equivalent to hurricanes.
Lots More Sites
Anatomy of a Hurricane by Dr. Robert C. Sheets (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
This article provides facts about the birth and tracking of hurricanes. It includes stories about 1988's Hurricane Gilbert.
Are You Ready for a Hurricane? at American Red Cross
Here you can find general disaster safety information relevant to a hurricane.
Similar Website:
2) Hurricane Fact Sheet at Federal Emergency Management Agency
FAQ: Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Tropical Cyclones by Christopher W. Landsea
Here you can find definitions and basic information as well as get the answers to basic questions about hurricanes.
Similar Websites:
2) Questions and Answers About Hurricanes
500 Years of Atlantic Hurricane History
This site has an extensive timeline and descriptions of past hurricanes.
Related Websites:
2) Deadliest Hurricanes In The United States 1900-1996
3) Costliest Hurricanes In The United States 1900-1996
4) View Past Hurricane Data or Plots
Hurricane Hunters
Learn about the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters, of the Air Force Reserve. This group provides unique photos from inside the hurricanes.
Not-to-be-Missed Section:
2) Ask A Hurricane Hunter
Hurricane Information at USA Today
This site is an indexed directory to articles about hurricanes.
Hurricane Page
At this location, you can learn about hurricanes and how to prepare yourself for one.
Similar Websites:
2) Hurricanes!
3) Tropical Twisters: Hurricanes
4) Hurricanes: Online Meteorology Guide at University of Illinois
5) Hurricanes at the Weather Channel
National Hurricane Center
This Tropical Prediction center gives you the latest hurricane predictions, facts, and advisories.
Similar Websites:
2) Hurricane News Zone at ExploreZone
3) Storm Hurricane Central
Websites for Teachers
Hurricane Georges: An Interdisciplinary Lesson by Wesley A. Fryer (Grade 4-6)
This article provides detailed instructions for teaching a multi-day classroom lesson about Hurricane Georges.
Hurricane at American Red Cross from 'Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages'
This site is intended to give background information to teachers about hurricanes, preparedness, and safety.
Hurricanes Theme Page at the Community Learning Network
This webpage links to instructional materials and lesson plans which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Inquiry-Based Hurricane Lesson by Damon Carr (TrackStar, Grade 3-9)
In this science lesson, students consider several questions, including: How much damage do hurricanes cause? What types of damage do hurricanes cause? What causes a hurricane to form and travel? Where do hurricanes most often occur? How is the USA affected by Hurricanes? What is the reasoning for how the USA is affected?
Middle School Hurricane Activities (Grade 5-6) from Univ. of Colorado, Kids as Global Scientists with the Univ. of Michigan Weather Underground
Students explore the speed and path of a recent hurricane, and use this information to predict the location and extent of damage when the hurricane hits the coast.
Teacher's Guide at the Miami Museum of Science (Grade 3-6)
This site provides a suggested strategy for using the resources found at 'Hurricane Storm Science.'
Tracking a Hurricane (Grade 6-8)
By completing this activity, the learner will observe hurricanes on radar maps and satellite images; describe hurricane location, strength and development; organize, graph and analyze hurricane data and patterns; use image analysis techniques to predict changes in hurricanes; and prepare presentations describing previous, current, and forecasted hurricane conditions.
storm surge
Coriolis force
Saffir-Simpson scale
National Weather Service
hurricane watch
hurricane warning
tropical storm
tropical cyclone
storm tide
heavy rain
naming hurricanes
'eye wall'
hurricane season
counter clockwise
hurricane hunter
tropical disturbance
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99
Updated, 7/00