Types of Extreme Weather

                                                                            Extreme Weather Can Happen Anywhere!


 Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that can form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes gather heat and energy from warm ocean waters.

 Click here to see how Hurricanes form.


 Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction (opposite way of a clock) around an "eye." To be considered a hurricane, winds must blow at least 74 mph. Hurricanes bring heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves that can damage buildings, trees and cars.

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All hurricanes have names...Click here to find out about the "Hurricane Naming Process."


Hurricanes in the News!



 Tornadoes are the earth's most extreme weather. Tornado winds can blow up to 300 mph. These tornadoes can cause a lot of damage to whatever they come in contact with!



How do tornadoes form?

You need warm, moist air to collide with cool dry . When these two meet, they create instability in the air.  If wind direction and  wind speed change, an invisible, horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere forms.              



Click here, select TORNADO, and watch the spiraling frenzy unravel!


Tornadoes in the News!


 Blizzards are a mix of a great amount of snow and a tremendous amount of wind. A blizzard occurs when high pressure systems interact with low pressure systems.


A blizzard must have the following features:

1) Winds of at least 40 mph

2) Visibility of less than 500 ft

3) Wind Chill of -15 degrees Fahrenheit

4) This must last for at least 4 hours!!!


 What is and where do Nor' easters occur? Click here to find out...




Blizzards in the News!


A thunderstorm is a huge storm with thunder, lightning, large winds and heavy rains. It is produced by cumulonimbus clouds.

What are Cumulonibus Clouds?


To form a thunderstorm you need moisture, unstable air and lift! When these 3 forces mix together, a powerful electrical storm forms.



                The Stages of the Thunderstorm


 Powerful Thunderstorm Video


 Thunderstorms in the News!!!

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