online meteorology guide

Graphic by: Dan Bramer

Fly through a 3-D Hurricane!
added (1/08/1999)

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See disclaimer below

Interact with Atlantic hurricanes from 1950-1998!!
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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.

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    Definition and Growth
    Defines a hurricane and shows the regions and mechanics of hurricane development.

    Stages of Development
    The different stages of development from depression to hurricane.

    Structure of a Hurricane
    Discusses the structure of different parts of hurricanes.

    Explore a 3-D Hurricane
    View a hurricane in a 3 dimensional VRML world generated by a computer model. Requires Cosmo Player See disclaimer above

    The influence of global winds on the movement of hurricanes.

    Satellites and Hurricane Hunters
    Discusses the tools and means meteorologists use to observe and track hurricanes.

    Includes a list of matters to consider if you are threatened by a hurricane.

    Damage and Destruction
    Destructive features associated with hurricanes, plus the Saffir-Simpson Scale for classifying damage potential.

    Hurricane Tracks
    Track Atlantic Hurricanes interactively from 1950 to 1998.

    How They Are Named
    The different names given to hurricane-like storms in different parts of the world.

    Global Activity
    Discusses the regions of the Earth where tropical cyclones can be found.

    El Niño
    See how El Niño appears to affect hurricane activity.

    Those who contributed to the development of this module.

    Terms for using data resources. CD-ROM available.
    Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
    Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
    the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.