How Hurricanes Work (Tropical Cyclones)





This video gives a brief idea, using animation,as to how tropical cyclones (Hurricanes,Typhoons or Cyclones) work.It explains how they form and gives a brief summary of how wind works. The video also points out why Hurricanes rotate in different directions in different parts of the world.
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Further Reading/Sources:
Austrialian Government Bureau of Meteorology. (n.d.). Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Impacts. Retrieved from bom.gov.au: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/intensity.shtml
Belles, J. (2016, JUly 14). 5 Things Hurricanes Can Do That Are Actually Good. Retrieved from weather.com: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-landfall-benefits-2016
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies . (n.d.). Meteorological hazards: Tropical storms, hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons. Retrieved from ifrc.org: http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/about-disasters/definition-of-hazard/tropical-storms-hurricanes-typhoons-and-cyclones/
NASA. (n.d.). How do hurricanes form? Retrieved from http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/hurricanes/en/
National Geographic. (n.d.). Coriolis effect. Retrieved from nationalgeographic.org: http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/coriolis-effect/
National Hurricane Center. (n.d.). Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds. Retrieved from nhc.noaa.gov: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php
nhc.noaa.gov. (n.d.). Tropical Cyclone Climatology. Retrieved from National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo/
weatherquestions.com. (n.d.). What causes wind. Retrieved from weatherquestions.com: http://www.weatherquestions.com/What_causes_wind.htm
Zehnder, J. A. (2015, April 20). Tropical cyclone. Retrieved from britannica.com: https://www.britannica.com/science/tropical-cyclone

Quick Info:
A Category 1 Tropical Cyclone has sustained Winds of 119-153km/h. Damage to houses is usually light at this level.
A Category 2 Tropical Cyclone has sustained winds of 154-177km/h. At this level shallow rooted trees can snap or become up rooted. Some houses may also sustain damage
A Category 3 Tropical Cyclone has sustained winds of 178-208 km/h. At this level it is considered a major storm. Power and water shortages are very likely during a storm of this class. Destruction to buildings and houses are very likely.
A Category 4 Tropical Cyclone has sustained winds of 209-251 km/h. Damage at this level is considered catastrophic. Affected areas will be uninhabitable for weeks-months.
A Category 5 Tropical Cyclone has sustained winds of 252 km/h or higher. At this level large trees will be uprooted and most homes can be completely destroyed.

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