By: Susan Klatz Beal
Hurricanes are one of nature's fiercest and potentially most devastating forces. They can be fickle, and their paths and intensity can be uncertain and unpredictable at times. In spite of all of this uncertainty and unpredictability, it is necessary to find some means by which...
By: Lenna Gonya
In a city partially below sea level, a lot of people were not surprised that most of the city flooded under the effects of the massive hurricane Katrina. However, few people expected that 75% of the city would be flooded when levees failed, one by...
By: Lenna Gonya
The hurricane that shook Haiti in January of 2010, killed over 200,000 and left over a million more homeless. The initial quake was followed by 50 plus aftershocks that continued to wreak devastation on what structures were left. A major hurricane at this time...
Why oily Gulf of Mexico water could be catastrophic in a hurricane storm surge
By: Chanell Gautreaux
Hurricane storm surges cause flooding and structural damage in communities and even loss of life to animals and humans. They also spread contaminants that can have significantly harmful ecological effects on the environment. The impact of this effect can be evident immediately or progressively over...
By: Paula Jacobs
The first levees in New Orleans were constructed in the early 1720s. Portions of the city was sitting several feet below sea level and in 1728, a law was passed that required every land owner to build their own levee to prevent flooding, if their...
By: Ray Langley
Understanding Arizona's Monsoon Season The thing to understand about Arizona’s Monsoon season is in the name, as it is not simply called a “rainy season.” The deluge of a year’s rainfall crowded into fifty-six days over the summer can easily drown...
By: Chanell Gautreaux
A quick survey of web pages debunking the various myths about hurricane season will result in an amazing array of ideas about storms, some of which are quite dangerous. Even though it is the year 2010 and there have been numerous storms that have caused...
By: Susan Klatz Beal
Project STORMFURY was an experimental research program that was designed to study hurricane modification. It was carried out between 1962 and 1983 by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,) and the government agency that preceded NOAA. It was, in essence, government supported research into...
By: Slawomir Puk
Air masses are very large quantities of air that have approximately the same temperature and humidity throughout. They are created over sea (maritime), large areas of land (continental) and over the poles (arctic and Antarctic). These air masses are further broken down into warm (tropical)...
Common myths about hurricanes
By: Cynthia Wall
The truth can not only set you free; it can keep you alive. As with any natural phenomenon, myths abound. Some of the ones about hurricanes can kill you. If you believe an old fable and fail to take precautions, you may lose your home...

 

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