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: Janet Sandford
With such a variety of landscape and the regional differences in climate, Cyprus is a paradise for amateur botanists. There are still areas not fully explored, and nature-lovers will make some surprising discoveries. Species unique to the island are plentiful with 110 recorded so far...
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...
By: Slawomir Puk
Clouds are formed when advancing cold air forces warm air upwards. Water vapour is an invisible gas and there is one essential rule about how much water vapour air can carry. The warmer the air, the more water vapour it can hold. When warm, moist...
Wind and ocean currents
By: Slawomir Puk
Besides keeping us warm, the Sun also supplies the energy to drive the Earth’s powerful and complicated weather systems. Wind, rain, snow, hail, fog, frost, heat and cold are the ground-level effects of the Sun’s heat on our planet’s air, water and...

 

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