Tell Me Why We Have Hurricanes

Tell Me Why We Have Hurricanes

Tamra B. Orr

Language: English

Pages: 28

ISBN: 2:00366396

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Young children are naturally curious about the world around them. We Have Hurricanes offers answers to their most compelling questions about hurricanes. Age-appropriate explanations and appealing photos encourage readers to continue their quest for knowledge. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

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Te l l M e W h y We Have Hurricanes Tamra B. Orr Published in the United States of America by Cherry Lake Publishing Ann Arbor, Michigan www.cherrylakepublishing.com Content Adviser: Jack Williams, Fellow of the American Meteorological Society Reading Adviser: Marla Conn, ReadAbility, Inc Photo Credits: © NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr Images, 5; © Cheryl Casey/Shutterstock Images, 7; © behindlens/Shutterstock Images, cover, 1, 9; © Zacarias Pereira da Mata/Shutterstock Images, 11;

air to feed them. But they’re still dangerous. A hurricane pushes a mound of water ashore known as storm surge. Heavy rain can move more than 100 miles inland, causing floods and landslides after the winds stop blowing. Storm surges kill more people than the wind does.” 16 y of New Orleans. Hu , devastated the cit rricane Katrina, in 2005 17 Future Hunter “Doesn’t a hurricane have an eye?” Sam asked. She was right. A hurricane’s eye is the calm in the middle of the storm. The eye is

to finish my homework,” he said. “After all, you have to get good grades in science and math to be a hurricane hunter.” 8 d rain get stronger. wind an During hurricanes, the 9 e n a c i r r u H a f o h t r i B Kennedy wanted to know more about hurricanes. How did they form? How were they different from tornadoes and other big storms? He began reading—and he couldn’t stop. First, Kennedy discovered, hurricanes only form over warm ocean water. The storms are only called hurricanes if they

take shape over the Atlantic and the northeastern Pacific Oceans. Over the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, they are called cyclones. Over the northwestern Pacific Ocean, they are known as typhoons. 10 rm over Hurricanes can only fo warm ocean water. 11 All hurricanes begin as tropical storms. They need warm water that is 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) or higher to form. As the water evaporates into the warm air, the air begins rising. It cools and condenses into large clouds.

Air over the ocean rushes in to replace the rising air, creating winds. Earth’s rotation causes these winds to form a large swirl. 12 g warm air cools and Clouds form when risin starts to condense. 13 Trouble on Land “What are you reading that is so interesting?” Kennedy’s friend Sam asked. “Listen to this,” Kennedy replied. “Scientists put hurricanes in categories from 1 to 5, from least destructive to most. A hurricane at any level will still cause damage to the communities it hits.”

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