Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hurricane Hunters - See How They Work and EARN A REWARD!

Exactly how do scientists take measurements of hurricanes and predict their movement?  
  • Ground weather stations? – Yes!
  • Weather balloons?  - Yes!
  • Satellite imagery? – Yes!

And believe it or not, scientist even fly aircraft DIRECTLY INTO HURRICANES to better understand the storms and to provide real-time information to help meteorologists better forecast where these storms are headed.  Check out this video to see how brave pilots and crew members fly straight into these storms!   Hurricane Hunters

EARN A REWARD!!  Do some research to find answers to these questions.  Write your answers on paper and present to Mrs D by class time on Friday, 31 August to receive a reward!
  • What type of aircraft are used to fly the “Hurricane Hunter” missions?  (Name at least two.)
  • What term is used for the middle of the hurricane?
  • Which way do hurricanes rotate, clockwise or counterclockwise?
  • The Saffir-Simpson scale is used to rate the strength of a hurricane and it has five categories.  What wind speeds are associated with each category?
  • What months are considered “hurricane season”?

Think all of this is fascinating?  Tune into the new show "Hurricane Hunters" on The Weather Channel, Monday evenings at 8pm Central.   TWC - Hurricane Hunters Show