What three conditions are needed for hurricane development?

What three conditions are needed for hurricane development?

A hurricane must be formed by a mix of thunderstorms, warm ocean water, and low winds (A). A hurricane, once created, consists of massive rotating rain bands with a core of clear sky called the eye, which is encircled by the rapid winds of the eyewall (B). The clouds surrounding the eye are called scud clouds or stratus clouds and usually indicate fair weather is near (C). A tropical storm is similar to a hurricane but has less-intense winds.

Hurricanes are classified by their intensity. There are five classifications: tropical depression, tropical storm, hurricane, major hurricane, and super typhoon. A tropical depression does not have sufficient atmospheric pressure at its center to maintain itself as a separate system. It lasts from one day to several weeks and can cause extensive damage when it moves inland. A tropical storm has definite wind speeds but they are not strong enough to cause significant damage. A hurricane has powerful winds that damage buildings and blow away trees. Major hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph) for at least one minute. Super typhoons have sustained winds of at least 132 mph (211 kph).

The strongest hurricanes on record have been Camille in 1969 over the Gulf of Mexico, Patricia in 2015 off the coast of Mexico, and Irma in 2017 over the Atlantic Ocean. They all had winds of 130 mph (215 kph) or more.

What leads to the good development of a hurricane?

There must be warm ocean water and wet, humid air in the area for one to develop. When humid air flows upward in a low pressure zone over warm ocean water, water is released from the air, resulting in storm clouds. The air in a storm spins as it climbs. As the storm moves away from the coast, it becomes more intense as it gains altitude.

Hurricanes are formed when an area of warm ocean water expands rapidly, causing surrounding air to become cooler and more dense. The sinking air then rises, causing wind and rain damage as the hurricane forms. Hurricanes can also form when cold air sinks down into warmer waters, forming a deep-reaching cyclone.

A hurricane's winds increase when it reaches its maximum strength. The strongest winds are found near the center of the hurricane, where there is little resistance from land or other objects to resist movement of the air. As a hurricane approaches land, it begins to lose some of its strength because there is less air above the storm than there was when it first formed. When a hurricane makes landfall, its winds quickly decrease due to friction with the ground. The sea may rise and flood coastal areas after the hurricane has passed. Sea walls and other defenses reduce damage caused by high tides but do not prevent all damage caused by flooding.

Hurricanes cause extensive damage when they make landfall.

What does a hurricane need to keep it going?

The creation of a hurricane is difficult, however it is mostly determined by three factors: First, you'll need warm water, preferably at least 80 degrees. The damp air is the second element. Finally, for a hurricane to form, there must be converging winds. That means that between two tropical storms/cyclones, they can wind up with opposite directions if one cyclone's center of rotation is ahead of the other one.

Once all these conditions are met, you have a chance of forming a hurricane. Sometimes one factor is enough to cause a depression to become a storm or a storm to become a hurricane. For example, if one part of the ocean is much warmer than another part, then there will be more evaporation and thus more precipitation. This increased amount of rain or snow could make a depression into a storm or a storm into a hurricane.

Another way in which hurricanes can change their strength is by using up their energy. A strong hurricane can blow away trees and power lines while a weak one might only cause some damage before losing momentum. Energy comes from two sources: energy from the sun and energy used up through friction with the environment. A strong hurricane has more energy than a weak one so it can destroy more stuff. Weak hurricanes can still cause some damage but just not as much as stronger ones.

At the end of its life, a hurricane deposits its energy as heat.

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Jeffrey Welder

Jeffrey Welder is a driven and ambitious environmental scientist. He has been environmentally conscious his entire life, from recycling at home to volunteering abroad in the past. His dream job is to work for an organization that helps make a difference in the world through environmental awareness and conservation efforts.


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