Ever wonder how a hurricane gets a name?
A list of names is created every six years by the World Meteorological Organization and as disturbances develop into tropical storms, they are named based on the lists — which makes tracking and identifying them easier for weather experts.
The lists are alphabetical and they are assigned to storms in that order. If a name isn’t used in a particular year, it’s recycled to a list for the future. However, when storms are particularly destructive, the names are retired.
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A single hurricane can last for weeks.
Over the open waters of the ocean, one hurricane can last as long as two weeks.
Once a hurricane hits dry land, it won’t go too far.
One hurricane can run a path down the entire length of the East Coast, causing damage all along the way.
Hurricanes can be as large as the state of Texas.
Hurricanes are typically around 300 miles in size, but can run as large as 1,000 miles across, covering an area as large as the state of Texas.
The larger a hurricane is in size, the more destructive it is.
Hurricane Andrew, a 1992 storm considered one of the 20th century’s most devastating hurricanes, was relatively small in size but killed dozens of people and caused billions of dollars in damage.
Hurricane season runs for nearly half the year.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, hurricane season in the United States officially begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. The peak of hurricane season is August to October.
The most dangerous and damaging part of a hurricane is the eye.
The center, or eye, of a hurricane is relatively calm. In an aerial view of a hurricane, the eye appears as a hole in the clouds. Generally the eye of a hurricane is around 20 miles to 30 miles wide. The most dangerous part of a hurricane is the area just outside the eye, known as the eyewall, where the strongest winds within the storm are found.
Category 6 is the worst level that a hurricane can reach.
Hurricanes are measured in intensity on a scale of 1 to 5 — with 5 being the worst. The rating system is known as the Saffir-Simpson scale, which rates storms according to wind speeds. The weakest hurricane would be a Category 1 storm with winds from 74-95 mph. The most dangerous is a Category 5 storm with winds over 155 mph.
A hurricane can also bring tornadoes with it.
Tornadoes can be found in hurricanes — usually near the eyewall, where winds are at their strongest, or in the spiral bands of clouds radiating from the eye of the storm.
The best defense against hurricanes is to get out of the way.
After unsuccessful attempts to weaken hurricanes, today’s scientists are focused on better physical understanding of hurricanes and improved forecasts that will allow people in the path of a storm to evacuate to safety.
Scientists have attempted methods to weaken strong hurricanes.
An attempt was made by government researchers to weaken hurricanes by seeding the clouds with silver iodide. The silver iodide was supposed to decrease the buildup of the forces around the eye by enhancing the amount of rain released by the clouds. Four hurricanes were seeded in the 1960s and 1970s, but the theory proved to be flawed.
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