||Understanding & Tracking
|A Teaching Opportunity||Hurricanes can be fearsome storms. They also offer a chance for students to test their skills at map reading, data plotting, understanding weather phenomena, and learning about the safety issues associated with hurricanes. This page offers a collection of resources for teachers interested in using the hurricane season as a teaching opportunity. Please note - this information is presented for instructional purposes only, and is not intended to provide complete, current, or accurate information for those in the vicinity of a hurricane. Consult your local authorities for this information.|
|Blank Tracking Map||This is a GIF format graphic of a blank tracking chart. Print it out and students can use the chart to plot the path of a hurricane.|
|National Hurricane Center||The National Weather Service's home page for hurricane information, with links to satellite images, tracking forecasts, and storm warnings. This is the source for most of the commercially available storm data available on the web.|
|FEMA Hurricane Page||This is another route to government data on forecast information, storm tracks, disaster management information, hurricane preparedness, and related issues. FEMA also publishes a manual titled Surviving the Storm which can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat file using the link below.|
|Online Hurricane Guide||
This impressive guide from the University of Illinois offers a large collection of resources for teaching meteorology and the formation and behavior of hurricanes. The site has over 20 years' of hurricane tracks stored for review, and many of the visuals will require the Shockwave or Cosmo plug-ins. The opening page has a large animated graphic which takes a while to load. Be patient; the other resources are worth the wait.
|How Hurricanes Work||The Why Files' "An Ill Wind" explains the science behind the formation and behavior of hurricanes using clear text and some neat, simple animations. This site is a great introduction to these huge storms for younger students.|
|Build a Hurricane-proof House||
Here's FEMA's listing of this year's storm names. There are also links to other FEMA materials.
|Commercial Resources||Here's a collection of
resources which present hurricane information and data, including visual
and infrared satellite images.
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