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Page 1 from 10Geology 111Atlantic Hurricanes, Surface Temperaturesand Carbon Dioxide LevelsIntroductionHurricanes are storm systems forming over the Atlantic and western Pacific oceans with winds exceeding 64 knots (74 mph). These storms can severely impact the coastline causing major damage as a result of high winds and the associated storm surge. Hurricanes are linked with warming ocean temperatures, but the relationship is not well understood. For this assignment, you will record the frequency and strength of hurricanes from 2001 to 2016 in the Atlantic Ocean, compare this data with average surface and ocean temperatures, and relate these parameters to carbon dioxide concentrations over the same time period. The objective of this assignment is to locate, access, evaluate and synthesize the data in order to reach a conclusion.Atlantic Hurricane Data (15 pts)
Page 2 from 10Hurricane data is accessible at the National HurricaneCenter. Starting with the year 2001, record the name and wind speed of each hurricane tracked in the Atlantic Ocean (DO NOT INCLUDE TROPICAL STORMS OR DEPRESSIONS). Calculate the average wind speed of all hurricanes and count the total number of hurricanes tracked during that year. Repeat every year until 2016. Hurricane names (H or MH) and maximum wind speeds (knots) are given in the Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Track Maps or in Table 1 of the Atlantic Annual Summary. Information from the year 2001 are given to you in the next table. YearAtlantic Hurricane Name and Maximum WindSpeed of Each Hurricane (Knots)Avg. MaximumWind Speed of AllHurricanes (Knots)Total # of HurricanesTracked2001Erin (105)Karen (70)91.79Felix (100)Michelle(120)Gabrielle (70)Noel (65)Humberto (90)Olga (80)Iris (125)2002Lili (125)98.754Kyle (75)Isidore (110)Gustav (85)2003Claudette (80)Juan (90)97.147Danny (65)Kate (110)Erika (65)Fabian (125)Isabel (145)2004Alex 105Ivan 145106.119Charley 125Karl 125Danielle 95Lisa 65Frances 125Jeanne 105Gaston 652005Cindy 65Maria 100Stan 70101.6715Dennis 130Nate 80Wilma 160Emily 140Ophelia 75Beta 100Irene 90Philippe 70Vince 65Katrina 150Rita 155Epsilon 752006Ernesto 65Florene 80Gordon 105Helene 105
Page 3 from 10YearAtlantic Hurricane Name and Maximum WindSpeed of Each Hurricane (Knots)Avg. MaximumWind Speed of AllHurricanes (Knots)Total # of HurricanesTracked865Isaac 752007Dean 150Noel 7097.56Felix 150Humberto 80Lorenzo 70Karen 652008Bertha 110Kyle 75105.638Dolly 85Omar 115Gustav 135Paloma 125Ike 125Hanna 752009Bill 115103.333Fred 105Ida 902010Alex 95Karl 110Shary 6597.9212

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