Published in 2001 by the NOAA National Weather Service, this booklet describes clearly the nature, development and structure of hurricanes, in addition to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and the impact of these striking storms. Hurricanes includes a map of U.S. coastal areas at risk from hurricanes, a sample tracking chart, as well as before, during, and after checklists to add to your preparation plan.
As part of their mission to study hurricanes, NASA outlines what occurs during the formation and decay of hurricanes. This website offers colorful illustrations, references, and a printer-friendly format. Another helpful feature is its user-activated glossary-mode; when activated, it allows you to view each page with special terms highlighted that, when selected, will take you to the appropriate entry in the glossary.
Great animation from the CBS News website. Follow the easy instructions to watch a hurricane form, learn the ingredients of a hurricane, and view a hurricane life cycle.
Accessible to all learners, this educator-friendly website is complete with your choice of multimedia, captioned, or text only versions. Learning benefits include a full array of hurricane science, safety and preparedness, assisting those with disabilities during a disaster, and helping children cope with trauma. Teachers will enjoy the convenience of worksheets, tips on how to meet National Science Education Standards, lesson plans, and a printable certificate of completion. Hurricane Strike! was created by the National Weather Service, The Weather Channel, American Red Cross, and FEMA. Access to the site is free, but you must create an account and log in.
"Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy," according to Max Mayfield, Director, NOAA's National Hurricane Center. This NOAA education site for K-12 teachers is chock full of hurricane learning nuggets including activities such as "Storm Surge" and "Stir up a Hurricane", multimedia visual information (audio, movies, web visualization), an archive of previous hurricane seasons, and printable posters to enhance classroom themes.
This booklet offers teachers many resources and information about hurricanes including how they form and grow. It also includes the cycle of Atlantic storm names for the years 2005 through 2010 and a tracking chart for the Atlantic/Caribbean Sea site.
NOAA Education division has compiled a website devoted to advancing weather literacy. Peruse it to find out how you can enhance the learning of your junior weather scientist, whether you teach K-5, 6-12 or are counseling a student for higher ed. Find everything from printable coloring book pages to student opportunities such as graduate degree programs and scholarships.
How Hurricanes Are Studied
The 53rd Air Force Weather reconnaissance squadron nicknamed Hurricane Hunters is a reserve unit based at Keesler Air Force Base near Biloxi, MS. This one-of-a-kind unit flies into the eye of a hurricane to get the latest measurements of storm intensity, study storm structure and take photographs for evaluation.Link to the Hurricane Hunters website for aircraft reports, photos, movies and more.
National Public Radio 'Talk of the Nation' segment from September 2, 2005 featuring a discussion among Chris Landsea, NOAA Research Meteorologist, and Kerry Emanuel, author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes over what's to come for Atlantic hurricane science and prediction. Approx. 30 minutes. Requires either Windows Media Player or RealOne Player.
From Weather Underground, this is a brief description of computers models and their accuracy.
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