Weather Facts About Hurricanes
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Learn some basic weather facts about hurricanes and learn what's real and what's myth with the weather fact sheet.
So what are some basic facts about these tropical systems? I'm sure you've heard many things about them and are wondering what is real and what is myth.
If you don't know how hurricanes are formed, it would be a good place to start. I've made this page for a simple and quick breakdown of things to know about hurricanes. Anyways let's get to some basic and fun weather facts about hurricanes:
Weather Fact Sheet
- Storms spin differently in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In the Northern Hemisphere, the storms spin counterclockwise. In the Southern Hemisphere, the storms spin clockwise. The difference is due to the spin of the Earth's axis.
- In the Northern Hemisphere, we call them hurricanes. In the Southern Hemisphere, they are called cyclones and typhoons (primarily Asia)
- A tropical weather system can't form over land. They also weaken over land.
- The costliest hurricane to hit the US was Hurricane Andrew. It was one of the most memorable weather events of the 20th century.
- You will often see an "eye" in a hurricane which is the center of the storm and which can grow up to 20 miles across. The eye is very calm compared to the rest of the storm and is one of my favorite weather phenomenon to study and look at.
- The Atlantic Hurricane peak season ranges from August to October when weather is perfect for them to form
- While the wind of a hurricane can be very powerful, it also drives probably the most destructive element of it called storm surge. Hurricanes can push loads of water onshore.
- The costliest storm ever in the United States was Katrina (Category 3 when it came onshore) in 2005. The precious title was held by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
- Sometimes the name of a hurricane will be retired because of how destructive it was.
- Before a storm becomes a hurricane, it is called a tropical storm which means it has winds from 39-73 MPH. Once the storm passes 73 MPH, it is then called a hurricane.
- The deadliest hurricane was the Galveston hurricane in 1900 which killed 8,000 people.
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