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Hurricane Science

What is a hurricane? How do they form? Where are they found? These are questions that your students are likely asking. The resources below can help you explain the science behind hurricanes to your students.

What is a Hurricane? - Weather WizKids
This kid-friendly website explains the science of hurricanes and discusses potential impacts. It also includes a vocabulary list, safety list, and a link to activities.

Hurricanes -
This click-through animation explains how hurricanes form in a way that is easy for students to understand.

Atlantic Hurricanes With Dr. Jeff Halverson: Understanding the 21st Century's New Threat
This web page contains 35 separate, 1-4 minute long, video segments by hurricane expert Dr. Jeff Halverson. The segments take an in-depth look at the life cycle of hurricanes by using a myriad of scientific visualizations made from NASA satellite imagery. The web page provides educators with an index that describes: each segment of the lecture, the scientific visualization used in the segment, and linkages to national standards. Each of the segments is viewable in your browser and is also available for download as a Quicktime. Plus, the individual media content used in the segment is also available for download.

NOAA Education Resources: Hurricanes
This web page provides basic information on what a hurricane is, and how they form.

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