Graphic by: Dan Bramer
Hurricanes are cyclones that develop over the warm tropical oceans and have sustained winds in excess of 64 knots (74 miles/hour). These storms are capable of producing dangerous winds, torrential rains and flooding, all of which may result in tremendous property damage and loss of life in coastal populations. One memorable storm was Hurricane Andrew (pictured above), which was responsible for at least 50 deaths and more than $30 billion in property damage. The purpose of this module is to introduce hurricanes and their associated features, to show where hurricanes develop, and to explain the atmospheric conditions necessary for hurricane development. The Hurricane module has been organized into the following sections:
Disclaimer: The Hurricane module now contains new technology in the form of shockwave movies and VRML. For the VRML, you will need the CosmoPlayer plugin (available from karmanaut.com). For the shockwave movies, you will need the Shockwave plugin (available from Macromedia).
We have recently been made aware that the original cosmo player web site is no longer available. However, we have been able to locate additional sites which offer it. We can not guarantee that these sites will work.
We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing. Thank you. (9/3/99)