Geography Quest: Hurricane Tracking Edition

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Blog, She Wrote: Geography Quest- Hurricane Tracking Edition

We are coming into the end of the 2013 hurricane season, but there is still enough activity out there to track a storm. Have you ever tracked a hurricane by map?

Determine the Optimum Conditions for Hurricane Formation

  • Weather Wiz Kid has a page on Hurricanes which explains what they are and how they are formed.
  • Create-a-Cane from NOAA allows you to virtually create the ideal conditions to form a hurricane.
  • The Coriolis Effect– Watch the video below to find out how the Coriolis Effect determines where hurricanes are formed. Takes me right back to my graduate class in oceanography!
  • Locate on a map where most Atlantic hurricanes are formed. Does this area meet the ideal conditions?
  • Based on the information in the video, where do you think cyclones and typhoons are formed in the Pacific and Indian Oceans?


Track a Hurricane with a Hurricane Tracking Map

  • Hurricane Tracking Chart– for the Atlantic Basin
  • Use the chart and meteorological websites to keep track of tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
  • If you have a mobile device, it might be fun to find a hurricane tracking app. You can follow the storms that way as well.

That is a challenge should you choose to accept it. While the Atlantic hurricane season has been quiet this year, the cyclone season in the Pacific has not been. Enjoy a look at hurricane formation and tracking.

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  1. We don’t have hurricanes in the UK, so I would never in a million years have thought to track one and even if I did, I wouldn’t have had a clue how to go about it!! I’m loving these posts. Thanks for sharing your geographical talent!

    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying them. They are fun to write. Now you and your kids can track hurricanes when they are in the news.

      Thanks so much for letting me know you love the posts!

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