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Activity Discussion Environment Hurricanes

  • Chammi

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    May 17, 2024 at 4:36 pm
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    Hurricanes form through a complex process involving warm ocean temperatures, low-pressure systems, and rotating air masses. Here’s a brief overview of how hurricanes form:

    Warm ocean temperatures: Hurricanes require very warm ocean surface temperatures, typically 26°C (79°F) or higher, to provide the necessary energy for development.

    Low-pressure system: A low-pressure system, such as a tropical wave or disturbance, forms over the warm ocean waters. This low-pressure system begins to draw in moist air from the surrounding environment.

    Rotation and convection: As the low-pressure system continues to draw in more moist air, the air starts to rotate due to the Coriolis effect. This rotation, combined with the rising of warm, moist air, creates a self-reinforcing system of thunderstorms and wind.

    Eye formation: As the rotation and convection increase, an eye, or a calm, clear region at the center of the storm, begins to form. This eye is surrounded by a rotating band of intense thunderstorms and high winds, known as the eyewall.

    Intensification: The hurricane continues to draw energy from the warm ocean waters, allowing it to intensify further. The combination of the low-pressure center, the rotating eyewall, and the warm ocean temperatures can produce wind speeds of over 157 mph (252 km/h), classifying the storm as a major hurricane.

    The entire process of hurricane formation can take several days to a week or more, depending on the specific atmospheric conditions and the available energy from the ocean. Understanding the formation process is crucial for predicting and preparing for these powerful and potentially devastating storms.

  • Mawar

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    May 27, 2024 at 10:31 am
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    Hurricanes start over warm ocean water. The sun heats the ocean, which makes the air above the water warm and moist. This warm, moist air starts to rise into the sky.

    As the warm air rises, it creates an area of low air pressure at the ocean’s surface. This low-pressure area causes the air around it to start swirling and spinning. The spinning motion gets faster and faster, creating a giant spinning storm.

    The spinning storm sucks up more warm, moist air from the ocean, which makes the storm even stronger. This cycle continues, and the storm grows into a full-blown hurricane, with very strong winds blowing around the center of the storm.

    The key things that allow a hurricane to form are:

    1. Very warm ocean water to provide the energy
    2. Moist air that can rise quickly
    3. Low air pressure that allows the air to start spinning
    4. Little change in wind speed and direction with height

    So in simple terms, hurricanes form when warm ocean air rises, creating a spinning storm that feeds off the warm ocean below. The storm just keeps getting stronger and stronger as long as it has that warm ocean water to pull energy from.

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