Hurricane Study – Homeschool Resources with updated information 2017, study and interactive videos. Download maps, watch videos and learn about hurricanes in real time. Free hurricane study for homeschool families. Use Real life storm to teach about hurricanes and weather – become a reporter, charts, graphs and more!
Hurricane Study – Homeschool Resources
Updated information, study and interactive videos. Use Real life storm to teach about hurricanes and weather – Free Homeschool Resources for hurricane study. Weather studies can be fun and interesting, but are made more so by using real life events and storms. In this way you can actually learn to track storms, follow weather patterns in an effort to learn more about them and gain a deeper understanding of how storm systems form.
This is what the experts do – so why not have our homeschool students learn from them? You can read about weather all day from a text book and not gain as much of an understanding as from watching and tracking as events unfold with a real system.
Sample Storm: IRMA
REPORTED CONDITIONS:Wed Sep 6, 2017, 2:00 AM AST
STRENGTH: Major Hurricane
MOVEMENT: WNW at 16 mph
LOCATION: 20.4°N, 69.7°W 75 mi E NE of PUERTO PLATA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
(Watches mean tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. Warnings mean tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.)
Projected storm path potential
When you look at the cone shape from the storm up through it’s projected path – what you are looking at is the prediction that the storm will likely turn and move or hit anywhere within that cone shape. .
Projected Path – IRMA
Potential Impact Timing
- Leeward Islands: through Wednesday
- Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: Wednesday-early Thursday; tropical storm force winds will arrive during the early morning hours
- Dominican Republic/Haiti: late Wednesday-Thursday; tropical storm force winds will arrive Wednesday night or early Thursday
- Turks and Caicos: Late Thursday-Friday
- Bahamas: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds may arrive as early as late Thursday
- Cuba: Friday-this weekend; tropical storm force winds will may arrive as early as Thursday night
- Southeast United States: This weekend into early next week, beginning in south Florida Saturday
Use the storm center Interactive Storm Tracker to get the most accurate & updated information and to chart the actual course this storm takes.
Track the Storms
As the dangerous Major Hurricane Irma barrels northwestward toward Florida, officials in Florida gave residents one option: obey all evacuation orders, and get ready for thousands more to be told to leave their homes.
More than 100,000 residents in Miami-Dade County were ordered to evacuate starting Thursday morning, according to the Miami Herald. Those impacted by the evacuation order were residents who live in barrier islands and low-lying areas; this included all of the “A” evacuation zone and barrier islands in the “B” zone, the report added.
After he was informed some residents were not planning to evacuate, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine had strong words for those who wanted to ride out the storm.
“I hate to hear that,” he told CBS Miami. “I’ll do anything in my power to convince them this is a very serious storm. This is a nuclear hurricane. They should leave the beach, they must leave the beach.”
We are currently in what is called “the heart of hurricane season”. There are several factors that add to the danger factors and make August through October the months that are most conducive to hurricane production.
- Warm Water
- Most Wind Sheer
- More Vigorous Easterly Waves
Let’s examine these ingredients to see how they come together to make such powerful storms.
Tropical hurricanes require warm, moist air to grow. Tropical regions where the ocean water is at least 80 degrees F for about 165 feet below the surface, is where these storms begin to form.
Hurricanes that form over the Atlantic Ocean are caused by strong winds blowing in westward from Africa. Warm African winds pass over the water and the molecules of the moisture in the air evaporate and rise. The higher the vapors rise, the cooler they become, condensing back into water and producing large cumulonimbus clouds. This is the beginning stage, and is called a tropical disturbance.
When powerful winds collide over warm waters with a push of strong waves and currents . . . we get big tropical storms, tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes (also called cyclones, or typhoons – depending on location). See the map below to learn where each originates.
Hurricanes have winds spiraling at speeds of 75 to about 200 mph and span up to 600 miles across. Most hurricanes move 10 – 20 miles per hour over the ocean. The warm waters and evaporation of the ocean water feeds the power of the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around what is called an “eye” in the Northern Hemisphere. They rotate in a clockwise direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Although the winds rotate violently around the eye, the center of the eye itself is calm. It has only light winds and fair weather.
Watch the video about Hurricane traits, how they are named, tracking, preparing & more!
Hands on Learning Fun
Have you watched a forecast of an approaching storm? Use all the information you have learned about and have students prepare a pretend interview/ weather forecast. Video it or take a picture. 3 x 5 notecards are fine if needed, or notes on paper for script. “Hurricane Approaching Landfall” – be sure to include details of where the storm originated, wind speeds over a few days, expected category at landfall, and safety prep for those in it’s pathway.
Learn more about Hurricanes – Add these printables to your homeschool & take the hurricane ingredient quiz and more! 12 Pages of terrific Hurricane Study material.
Sample pages Hurricane Study
Use these pages to study real life weather in your homeschool for any hurricane study. Newly update with interactive videos and more.
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Hurricane Irma - September 2017
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