Information about hurricanes, places to get tracking maps, and more


Tropical Twisters - Hurricanes and How They Work -
The Weather Channel's Tropical Update -
USA Today Hurricane Page -
Accuweather Hurricane Center -
Weather Underground:
(these WU sites are activated only when there is a hurricane warning; scroll down page)
        Tropical Weather:
        Public Advisory:
        Satellite Map:
        Tracking Map:

        Computer Models:

        (For information about the models -
NASA - About Hurricanes -

What is a hurricane? (Information comes from NOAA)

    "A hurricane is a severe tropical storm, that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico or in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes need warm tropical oceans, moisture and light winds above them. If the right conditions last long enough, a hurricane can produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods.

    Hurricanes rotate in a counterclockwise direction around an "eye." Hurricanes have winds at least 74 miles per hour. There are on average six Atlantic hurricanes each year; over a 3-year period, approximately five hurricanes strike the United States coastline from Texas to Maine.

    When hurricanes move onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge. Storm surge is very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane."

Hurricane Basics -
Hurricanes: Online Meteorology Guide - Hurricanes -

What is the eye of a hurricane?

For more information about hurricanes, see:
National Hurricane Center -
    Preparedness -

    Hurricanes for Kids from FEMA -
    Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory -
    The Hurricane Hunters -
    Hurricanes from How Stuff Works -
    Weather Wiz Kids Hurricanes -
    A Fierce Force of Nature - Hurricanes 
    BBC Weather Centre -

    Exploring the Environment: Hurricanes -

    Hurricane videos -
Hurricane Storm Science from Miami Museum of Science -
National Geographic Eye on the Sky-Nature's Fury -

Hurricane Classification

Category 1 - 74-95 mph winds
 Category 2 - 96-110 mph winds
   Category 3 - 111-129 mph winds 
   Category 4 - 130-155 mph winds 
               Category 5 - greater than 155 mph winds

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale -


Hurricane Watch vs. Hurricane Warning -

Hurricane Emergency Procedures -

Hurricane Emergency Supplies -
Comprehensive Hurricane Survival Kit - US Southern

Disaster Supply Kit including a Kids Activity Booklet -

Names of Atlantic Hurricanes from 2013-2018:

Hurricane Katrina 2005 -
    Famous (Infamous?) Hurricanes -
    Most Intense -
    Costliest -

Hurricanes Crossword Puzzle -

Tracking Maps to print and follow the path of the hurricane:

Old Farmer's Almanac -

Old Farmer's Almanac -

Hurricane Virtual Field Trip -

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This page was developed by Kathi Mitchell
and was last updated on April 19, 2013