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Unformatted text preview: 1 Lesson : Hurricanes & Public Awareness- Hurricane - Tropical cyclones - Development and characteristics of hurricanes - Where hurricanes develop and why - When hurricanes develop and why - Common tropical cyclone tracks - Different names for hurricanes - Effects of hurricanes on people and property - Hurricane Warning System - Hurricane damage, mitigation, preparedness, response/recovery - How hurricanes inflict damage - Tropical cyclone classifications - How hurricanes are monitored and tracked - Teleconnections - Hurricane Katrina: conditions leading up to; landfall; recovery; aftermath Introduction As you know from the lesson on Tropical Circulation, climate in the equatorial tropics is dominated by the ITCZ and is characterized by somewhat monotonous weather. You also learned that the tropical regions immediately poleward of the equator are more dramatically affected by migrations of the ITCZ, as well as transient atmospheric disturbances. In this lesson, we will talk about the most large scale and major of the transient atmospheric disturbances in the tropics: tropical cyclones , or hurricanes . Not only will we discuss this type of disturbance and its amazingly destructive power, we will also take a look at how people have learned to live with them. Ever wondered what the difference is between hurricanes, typhoons, tropical cyclones, cyclones, and baguios? When was the last time you remember East Lansing being hit by a hurricane? How about a tropical disturbance or depression? When you hear that a hurricane is about to make landfall in the U.S., what states automatically come to mind? Would you know how to protect yourself, others, and your property if a hurricane threatened? What time of year might you want to avoid vacationing on the Gulf of Mexico or in SE Asia? This lesson aims to answer some of these questions. Whether you have pondered them before or not, you are in for quite a ride. What are hurricanes and how do they work? The term " hurricane " is one of a few names that we use to describe tropical cyclones ; hurricanes represent the strongest, most organized, and well-developed class of tropical cyclones. Tropical cyclones are transient atmospheric disturbances that occur in the tropics and subtropics; they are known by different names in different locations around the world. 2 Tropical cyclones are called: Location Hurricane North and Central America Typhoons western Pacific and China Sea Baguios Philippines Cyclones Indian Ocean (India, Bangladesh, Indonesia) and Australia Super Typhoon Angela, east of the Philippines in the Philippine Sea . This massive storm passed over the Philippines and further west over the South China Sea before dispersing (November 1, 1995)....
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- Tropical cyclone, Storm, tropical cyclones