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Hurricanes – A Weather Unit Study for Kids

News and Guides for Hurricanes

Hurricane News

Hurricane News
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Hurricane Season
Follow current news about hurricanes on CNN’s Special Report. View videos.

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Canadian Hurricane Centre: Just For Kids
Hurricanes are very large and powerful storms. They can bring heavy winds, rain and flooding to a region. Scientists are studying how these storms form, how they work and where they go so that we can be better prepared when a hurricane hits.

Sky Diary Kidstorm * facts about hurricanes
Hurricanes are mind-boggling in their size and strength. Modern technology lets us see how big hurricanes are and track them through satellite imagery, while storm-penetrating aircraft measure their strength, in terms of wind speeds and atmospheric pressure.


What Are Hurricanes?
There are five types, or categories, of hurricanes. The scale of categories is called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The categories are based on wind speed.

Category 1: Winds 119-153 km/hr (74-95 mph) – faster than a cheetah
Category 2: Winds 154-177 km/hr (96-110 mph) – as fast or faster than a baseball pitcher’s fastball
Category 3: Winds 178-208 km/hr (111-129 mph) – similar, or close, to the serving speed of many professional tennis players
Category 4: Winds 209-251 km/hr (130-156 mph) – faster than the world’s fastest rollercoaster
Category 5: Winds more than 252 km/hr (157 mph) – similar, or close, to the speed of some high-speed trains

Be Ready

FEMA Hurricane Information
Order a Disaster Public Information Catalog to find out all the materials that FEMA offers. You can call, toll-free 1-800-480-2520.

Hurricane Hunters

Hurricane Hunters
You’re just in time… head across the hall to our auditorium, and join the crew for the pre-mission briefing. Then you can decide if you really want to do this!

Hurricane Hunters Fly Into the Eye of the Storm for Science — And TV
AsTo gather information on violent storms, the National Hurricane Center relies on tools like sensors and satellites. And some badass Air Force Reserve pilots.

See What it’s Like to Fly Inside Hurricane Irma
Video from yesterday’s flight in CAT 5 #Irma on #NOAA42. The National Hurricane Center has the latest advisories. Credit Rob Mitchell/NOAA
4:47 AM – Sep 6, 2017

Images

Latest Satellite Imagery
Images linked from this page are located on servers at the Satellite Services Division of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service . Blank maps available so you can use the data and images here to create a storm map. Animated gif of approaching Caribbean hurricanes.


Measuring Hurricanes

Measuring hurricane intensity: the Saffir-Simpson scale
The Saffir-Simpson scale shown in this table is the most frequently used system for measuring hurricane intensity. It ranks hurricanes on a scale from 1 (74mph) to 5 (155mph or higher) based on the intensity of their maximum sustained winds.

Tracking Hurricanes

Hurricane & Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans
The StormTrack system receives weather data from the US National Weather Service via satellite. The system creates an entry for each tropical depression, storm, or hurricane when the National Weather Service begins issuing advisories.

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