Scavenger Hunt on Hurricanes

Question 1. What is a hurricane?

The University of Illinois can help you with your answer.

Question 2. Where does the word "hurricane" come from?

About.com has the answer to your question.

Question 3. Describe the three main PARTS of a hurricane.

Find your answer at NASA.

Question 4. What conditions are needed for hurricane formation?

Visit HowStuffWorks for your answer

Question 5. What type of pressure exists in a hurricane?

The Weather Channel can help you with this question

Question 6.How do winds spin in Northern Hemisphere hurricanes?

Weatherwhizkids provides this answer.

Question 7. What are hurricanes called in the Indian Ocean? What are hurricanes called in the western Northern Pacific and Philippines?

Your answer can be found at the University of Illinois.

Question 8. What "rules" are used to name hurricanes?

These notes from Lyndon State College should help.

Question 9. What name will be given to the 13th hurricane or tropical storm of 2012?

Find the answer at StormFax.

Question 10. Why are some hurricane names retired?

USATODAY will help you with this answer.

Question 11. When is the Atlantic hurricane season? What months have the most activity?

Visit NOAA to find your answer.

Question 12. What "fuels" a hurricane? (Hint: Removing this "fuel" causes the hurricane to "die".)

Look for the answer at USATODAY.

Question 13. What wind speeds are found in tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes? Report your answer in mph.

USATODAY has this answer.

Question 14. Why do hurricanes hit the East coast of the US and not the West coast?

Check this FAQ page by Christopher Landsea.

Question 15. What is a storm surge? Why is it so dangerous?

Hurricane Awareness from the National Hurricane Center can help with this question!

When you've finished with this question, listen (and watch!) the explanation of a storm surge at the University of Illinois weather site.

Question 16. The Saffir-Simpson scale classifies the damage caused by hurricanes into five categories. Copy and complete the following table:

Category Number (1 to 5) Wind Speed Height of Storm Surge Amount of Damage

Find your answers at USATODAY.

Once you've completed your chart, check out the animation of the Saffir-Simpson scale at CEMA.

Question 17. What is a hurricane watch? What is a hurricane warning?

Visit the University of Central Florida to find these answers.

Question 18. List at least 3 different things you should do to prepare for a hurricane.

Visit FEMA to find your answer. Be sure to select items that make sense for your area.

Question 19. What should you do with your pet during a hurricane?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will help you with this answer!

Question 20. The deadliest US hurricane occurred in 1900. Where did this hurricane strike and how many people died?

The answer for this question can be found at Weatherunderground.

Finished? Try these interactive hurricane activities!!

Read up on hurricane tracking, then try your hand at tracking Hurricanes Andrew, Camille and Hugo

Build your own hurricane at this Sun-sentinel site

The National Hurricane Center allows you to build a hurricane at "Create-A-Cane"

The National Hurricane Center also has a site that allows you to "Aim a Hurricane"

AccuWeather has a great interactive hurricane tracker. Historical tracks can be accessed down the right hand column



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