A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone that sustains winds of
74 miles per hour and greater. Hurricanes occur in the tropical
regions of the world in 7 distinct basins, and are called Hurricanes
in the Carribean, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and eastern Pacific,
Typhoons in the western Pacific, and Cyclones
in the Indian Ocean. A hurricane "watch" is issued when
the threat of storm conditions is expected between 24-36 hours.
A "warning" is issued when the storm is expected within
24 hours or less.
- Students will learn what a hurricane is, and how and where they
- Students will learn how to prepare for a hurricane and what
to do in the event of a storm.
- Students will be taken to some of the best hurricane resources
available on the Web where they can research and retrieve all
kinds of storm data including historical storms, careers, tracking
instruments, current weather maps, and much more.
1. What conditions are necessary to create a hurricane?
2. Where do hurricanes occur?
3. When is hurricane season?
4. What is the difference between a tropical cyclone and a hurricane?
5. How is the strength of a hurricane measured?
6. Where do hurricanes get their names?