Hurricane!

Hurricane! is an Event-Based Science module about one of the most devastating weather events that people can experience. Our story focuses on the devastation that Hurricane Andrew brought to South Florida in August, 1992. This storm destroyed 25,524 homes, damaged 101,241 more, left 250,000 people homeless and 54 dead.
The task in Hurricane! turns your class into teams of experts. Each team will publish a newspaper account of a real hurricane that is approaching one of 11 American cities that have been chosen as the teams’ home cities. Each home city has a history that includes hurricane strikes and damage.

NSTA Recommends Hurricane!

Each team of 6 students has its own Editor-In-Chief, Hurricane Specialist, Meteorologist, Natural Hazards Planner, Reporter, and Environmental Scientist. As this team receives daily information on the hurricane bearing down on its coastal city, decisions must be made. Action must be taken! The public must be informed!

f you are a teacher who is about to do the Science Activity called Hurricane Tracking, we have created a tool called Update Tracking Data. It is an MSWord file that presents tracking data for Day 8 through Day 13. Download the file and print out the three pages. Then cut out and glue the appropriate weather maps from Hurricane! Teacher Guide page 43 onto Update Tracking Data. Two maps will fit on each page. Make transparencies from these pages and use the transparencies to present additional tracking data as your students complete the activity.

Hurricane Season 2007 Is Over

During hurricane season—June 1 through November 30—you can use the Event-Based Science Hurricane! page as your starting point for tracking the latest storm. Try clicking on on the word “tracking” to see what’s happening now. You can also use the map below to get almost real-time wind and wave-height measurements from a data buoy near any active hurricane. This year’s Hurricane began on May 9, when Andrea reached Tropical Storm status.

Correction Alert

A wording problem has been found in the “Cloud Formation” Discovery File on page 5: “These tiny droplets condense onto solid particles …”, although correct could be misread as the already formed droplets collecting around particles rather than the original condensation of the droplets occurring onto the particles. Similarly with “additional water droplets attach themselves to the surrounding particles”.

Another problem was found in the figure on page 36. The cross-section shown for the stationary front is actually a cross-section of an occluded front which is one in which a cold front has caught up with a warm front thus lifting all the warm air off the ground as shown in the figure. A stationary front is one that still has warm air at the ground on one side and cold air on the other side (as suggested by the map symbol) and thus could turn into a warm front or a cold front if it starts moving.

Thanks to Dr. Steven Carson (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of NOAA) for catching these errors and providing the correct information.