Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ride a storm from Africa to Louisiana

On your storm season map:

- Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean
- 4 continents
- arrows, in color, showing major currents
- identify the Canary current, equatorial current, Trade winds, Gulf Stream
- With one line show a current connection between Senegal and Louisiana

Named for Huracan, the Carib god of evil, the hurricane is an amazing yet destructive natural phenomenon that occurs about 40 to 50 times worldwide each year, says

Hurricane season takes place in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Central Pacific from June 1 to November 30 while in the Eastern Pacific the season is from May 15 to November 30.

Due to the Coriolis effect, the regions between 5° and 20° north and south of the equator are the belts where hurricanes can form (there is not enough rotary motion between 5° north and south.

The term cyclone is used in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea and the term typhoon is used in the Pacific Ocean north of the equator and west of the International Dateline.