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{August 20, 2008}   Thursday Thirteen #65

Thirteen things about hurricanes  
This week those of us in Florida have been dealing with tropical storm Fay. The forecasters have been making dire predictions and constantly changing where they thought the storm would go. But a force of nature doesn’t listen to weather predictions and does whatever the heck it wants to.

*Information obtained from The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.

1. Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

2. Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. Evaporation from the seawater increases their power.

3. Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an “eye” and have winds at least 74 miles per hour.

4. The eye of the storm is free of clouds and relatively calm, but the “eyewall” of clouds, wind and rain that creates the eye is the most destructive part of the storm.

5. When they come onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge.

6. The official hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, but hurricanes can happen any time of the year.

7. Hurricanes are part of a family of weather systems known as “tropical cyclones.”

8. The word hurricane is from the West Indian word hurricane, meaning “big wind.”

9. Hurricanes are classified into five categories, based on their wind speeds and potential to cause damage.
 Category One — Winds 74-95 miles per hour
 Category Two — Winds 96-110 miles per hour
 Category Three — Winds 111-130 miles per hour
 Category Four — Winds 131-155 miles per hour
 Category Five — Winds greater than 155 miles per hour

10. Hurricanes are given names to help identify and track them. One name for each letter of the alphabet is selected, except for Q, U and Z.

11. The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane name list: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paloma, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky Wilfred

12. September is the most active month for Atlantic hurricanes.

13. On average, two major hurricane (cat 3-5) strike every three years. In all categories, about five hurricanes make landfall every three years. On average, a hurricane cat 4 or higher only strikes once every six years.

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Yasmin says:

happy tt…i have family in FL and I was happy to hear fay passed over them.

Nicholas says:

Obviously 2005 was a freak year.

A couple of days we were told that Fay would be a Cat 1 and would be headed right for us, arriving about the middle of Wednesday. So far today we haven’t had a single drop of rain!

Julia says:

Wow, imagine 155 miles per hour just blowing past you! Horrible!
I’m happy that I live in a region where hurricans don’t occure.

Happy TT and greets

It always gets to me when they call it a tropical storm and the trees are almsot flat.

Lori says:

Great info…kinda scary. Im glad we dont get those in Cali. I will take an earthquake anyday! Happy TT.

YummY! says:

And 98% of them hit Florida. -grin-

Hope it doesn’t get TOO rough for you.

Bernie says:

Goodness hurricanes are not just dangerous but deadly. You go through a lot dealing with them no matter where they hit. I hope they all pass by Florida this year. Those hurricanes could be lived without. Don’t we all hope for that!

You can visit my TT here.

We’ve only ever been hit by one hurricane in the UK during my lifetime. This was in 1987 and totally unexpected. The damage throughout the country was horrendous, and 19 people died that night.

DrillerAA says:

Now who in thir right mind would name a hurricane “Nana”? That’s just wrong on so many levels!
Great list. Have a great T13.

Laura says:

Great educational list! I did one several weeks ago on hurricane perparedness. Happy TT!!

I have been following Fay closely because I have friends in the Keys and relatives in Tampa. (Everyone is fine and I’m grateful.) I loved your comment at the beginning about forces of nature. Here in Chicagoland the weathercasters talk about snowstorms and how they “change their minds.” Storms can’t change their minds, but weather men can make bad predictions! (Thanks for visiting my TT)

LA Day says:

Great info. Sometimes, I’m glad I live in Kentucky.

Kristi says:

Living in the midwest, i have never experienced a hurricane. It has been interesting hearing about it from people’s blogs, rather than the news. I hope you guys “weathered” it well.

Denise says:

Amazing! The person who shot that video was extremely brave – it looked very dangerous. I hope you aren’t in the path of Fay, and if you are, I hope you only get a “little wet” and nothing is damaged.

Happy TT!

I’m with you, DrillerAA. Nana should not be used for a hurricane!

I’ve lived in Florida for most of my life. We don’t get real excited until a storm hits category 3. Thankfully, Fay left us alone. We got a very light rain shower last night but that’s it.

Very interesting list.

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