What was Project Stormfury?
By: Philo Gabriel
Might there be some way to weaken hurricanes, so that they pose less of a danger to life and property? Scientists have long speculated about this possibility. Occasionally they’ve even had a chance to test some of their ideas. The first significant such instance...
How to stay safe during hurricane season
By: Cynthia Wall
As soon as those names in alphabetical order (Allen, Betty, Charlie… ) start rolling off the lips of meteorologists, residents near coastlines from Boston to South America, all around the Gulf of Mexico, up the coast of Baja, and over to Hawaii know that it&rsquo...
A look at media coverage of Hurricane Katrina
By: Chanell Gautreaux
For those living on the Gulf Coast of the United States, media coverage of Hurricane Katrina was pretty much what it was for every other storm in recent history. Prior to the storm regular updates were given each time there was a change in the...
An overview on using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
By: Cynthia Wall
During the hurricane season, the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 become of intense importance to the public trying to understand the predicted damage a storm may do. Originally, in the 70’s and 80’s the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale was based not just...
By: Susan Klatz Beal
We are keenly aware of the devastating destruction that hurricanes can and have caused. We also know that they are graded on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a scale that is designed to estimate the storm surge and minimum expected wind speeds. We fear hurricanes...
By: Philo Gabriel
Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in August 2005. With winds that topped out at 175 MPH, and a storm surge that reached as far as 20 miles inland at some points, Katrina wreaked havoc throughout the region. The confirmed death toll was...
By: Chanell Gautreaux
Hurricanes can be relatively mild in strength causing little more than wind damage and/or minor flooding or they can be severely destructive forces producing major property damage and even causing loss of life. Getting ready at the beginning of the season is the best way...
Deadliest hurricanes in the United States
By: Philo Gabriel
Though the monetary damage from hurricanes keeps rising over the years to where virtually all of the costliest hurricanes have been very recent, this is not true of hurricane death tolls. Hurricane Katrina was an exception to the rule that the vast majority of killer...
Costliest hurricanes of the century
By: Philo Gabriel
Precise data is hard to come by in attempting to assess the damage done by a hurricane. For one thing, there is a great deal of long term and indirect damage that will never be included in the calculations. (Imagine, for instance, a truck driver...
Hurricane preparedness: Essential items
By: Cynthia Wall
As Hurricane Katrina bore down on the Gulf Coast, many residents were trapped because they had neglected to buy the most essential of emergency items: gasoline for the car. With the highways jammed, cars stuck in gridlock idled through what gas they had quickly… and...

 

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