12.06.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that draw heat from warm, moist ocean air and release it through condensation of water vapor in thunderstorms. Hurricanes are usually found within the hurricane season usually spanning from May 15th to November 30th. To track and predict a hurricane, meteorologists use satellite and radar technology.

—Since hurricanes need evaporated moisture to power them, and the oceans are rising in temperature, more moisture is pumped into the hurricane, making them a lot stronger and catastrophic.

In recent events, Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines about a month ago was considered a category-five super typhoon with waves as high as 16ft and had winds of 195mph. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 5,759 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the fourth strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.

by: Celine Hickey

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