What Makes a Hurricane?

Read the article about Monster Hurricanes. Then go to the Create a Hurricane Page. Use the sliders to create a hurricane and see what the differences are as you change the information.

Find the Answers to these questions. Print out this page and fill in the information.

What effect does the temperature of the water have on a hurricane?

What gives a hurricane its characteristic pinwheel shape that we see when we look at satellite images?

What type of wind - high altitude or shearing winds can keep a hurricane from growing?

Is there high or low pressure in the center of the storm?

What effect does a larger difference in pressure from the outer edge of the hurricane to the center have on the wind speed?


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©May, 1999
Carla Schutte,Technology Specialist
Moton Elementary
Brooksville, Florida