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Hurricanes

Up to 600 miles across and with wind speeds of 75-200 mph, hurricanes are huge storms. And since they usually last for a week or more, their heavy rains, strong winds, and large waves can also bring huge damage.

Discover how hurricanes form over warm ocean waters, and see how scientists monitor and track these storms sometimes called typhoons.

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Quiz: Hurricanes

Quiz: Hurricanes

These 5 questions will separate the hurricane know-it-alls from the rest of us. What are you? More...

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NOVA/PBS
Hurricane Power

Hurricane Power

The energy released by even an average hurricane is truly mind-blowing. Find out what it takes for scientists to measure a hurricane's heat energy. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Hurricane Storm Surge

Hurricane Storm Surge

A storm surge is the deadliest and most damaging aspect of a hurricane. Find out how NOAA monitors and tracks advancing surges with the SLOSH computer model. More...

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NOAA
Measuring the Might of Haiyan

Measuring the Might of Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan was a superstorm, rating a T-8 using the Dvorak technique. Find out more about this "inkblot test" for measuring the intensity of hurricanes and typhoons. More...

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New York Times
How Much Does A Hurricane Weigh?

How Much Does A Hurricane Weigh?

How much does the water in an average hurricane weigh? Forget pounds in coming up with an answer — think blue whales. Lots of blue whales. More...

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NPR
Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Both tropical cyclones and tornadoes have the spiraling winds of a vortex. And sometimes a cyclone can spawn a tornado. Beyond that, there's very little they have in common. Explore the differences. More...

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NOAA
27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta

27 Storms: Arlene to Zeta

What made 2005 such a terrible hurricane season in the Atlantic? Find out what created the most storms — including the most category 5 hurricanes — ever recorded. More...

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NOAA
Visualizations: Hurricanes

Visualizations: Hurricanes

What did the peak of the 2008 hurricane season look like from space? Check out the cloud patterns from Gustav to Laura in this high-res simulation. More...

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NOAA
America’s Worst Storms

America’s Worst Storms

From deadliest to top 10 most costly, check out these worst-of-the-worst storm lists. More...

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American Experience/PBS
How to Use a Hurricane Tracking Map

How to Use a Hurricane Tracking Map

Do you have what it takes to track the movement of a hurricane? Give it a whirl. More...

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Scholastic
Hurricanes/Tropical Cyclones

Hurricanes/Tropical Cyclones

Wondering if there any active tropical systems? Get the latest storm images and data from NASA. More...

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NASA
Students Earn $30K Designing Ways to Survive Natural Disasters

Students Earn $30K Designing Ways to Survive Natural Disasters

What happens if a natural disaster wipes out all communication in your area? Meet a team of middle schoolers who created a way to signal disaster relief spots. More...

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EdTech
Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What’s the Difference?

Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What’s the Difference?

"Geography" is the answer — different names are used around the world to describe storms with wind speeds of at least 74 mph. Take a closer look at this weather phenomenon. More...

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National Geographic
Weather Watch: Hurricanes

Weather Watch: Hurricanes

Hurricanes are born over ____ seas? See if you have the storm smarts to ace this challenge. More...

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Scholastic
Glossary

Glossary

From "advisory" to "tropical wave," get definitions of all the hurricane terms used by the National Weather Service. More...

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NOAA
Hurricane and Typhoon

Hurricane and Typhoon

When a tropical cyclone whips up winds of 75+ mph (120+ km/h) it officially becomes a hurricane or typhoon. Which name it gets, though, depends on where it's located. More...

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Scholastic
Hurricane Science

Hurricane Science

Ready for a challenge? Take an in-depth look at the structure, movement, and life cycle of hurricanes. More...

Article
University of Rhode Island
Hurricanes Gallery

Hurricanes Gallery

From tropical waves to "hot towers," explore the science of hurricanes with this high-tech gallery. More...

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University of Rhode Island
New Technology Allows Better Extreme Weather Forecasts

New Technology Allows Better Extreme Weather Forecasts

Take a look at the enhanced radars, satellites, supercomputers, and other tools NOAA researchers and engineers are using to forecast extreme weather. More...

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Scientific American
Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

Scientist Profile: Hurricane Researcher

As a boy, Jason Dunion often tape-recorded himself as a weather person going after nasty storms. Now, as a researcher for NOAA's Hurricane Division, he flies directly into the center of hurricanes! More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Meteorologist

Scientist Profile: Meteorologist

Along with being a professor of meteorology, Howie Bluestein is an expert "stormchaser" who has actually flown directly into the eyes of 6 different hurricanes! More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Weather Scientist

Scientist Profile: Weather Scientist

Robbie Hood is a hurricane huntress — aka weather scientist — for NASA. Her main job is studying the birth of hurricanes, so people on land can prepare for the storm. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientist Profile: Wind Research Assistant

Scientist Profile: Wind Research Assistant

Ameri Gurley gets blown away by her own research. This wind researcher studies how house placement can reduce exposure to flying debris during a tornado or hurricane. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Wetland Destruction

Wetland Destruction

Healthy wetlands weaken a hurricane. Watch this video to see how hurricane Katrina damaged Louisiana’s wetlands, leaving New Orleans and the coastline more vulnerable to storms.
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NOVA/PBS

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