Here are our top hurricane facts we think people should know about when living in coastal cities and towns, or inland from beach areas.
After reading, consider sharing on social media and using the discussion form below to add your important information about tropical systems. Or, if you have questions, please feel free to ask using the same form.
- Despite very modern meteorological tools, radar, and models, these systems are still very unpredictable and make landfall or track outside of forecast predictions.
- People living along the coast where direct landfall happens ARE NOT the only people who can be affected by dangerous weather conditions. In fact, dangerous weather can happen many dozens of miles away from the center of circulation.
- Damaging winds and flooding only happens near the center of circulation. This is not a fact. While the worst winds are located near the center, damaging winds happen many dozens of miles away from the eye, along with causing rising and fast moving storm surge across inland rivers, lakes, and streams.
- Hurricanes and other tropical systems are fueled by warm moist air and warm water temperatures. However, once making landfall, these systems can maintain hurricane strength and tropical storm force strength over land for many dozens of miles.
- These systems only form over the Caribbean Sea. This is false, these systems can form in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
- The center of circulation (or eye) is void of winds, rain, and thunderstorms while directly adjacent to the center is the eyewall where the most intense winds, rain, and thunderstorms happen.
- Hurricanes and tropical systems rarely produce waterspouts and tornadoes, and they only happen in Category 4 and Category 5 storms. This is false, Category 1 storms and tropical storms produce waterspouts and tornadoes all the time.
- Computer models can tell me where a storm is going, and then I can make preparations. False, computer models do not tell you where a landfall will happen, and the best time to prepare and know evacuation routes is by June 1 each year. In fact, even the National Hurricane Center can’t tell you where exact landfall is going to happen until about 8 hours before it happens.
- Winds are the biggest concern to humans and animals during one of these storms. This is not a fact. The biggest threat is fast moving storm surge flooding and falling trees associated with winds and rain saturated ground.
- Climate change and global warming are having an impact on the oceans allowing for greater frequency and stronger hurricanes. This is true.
Hurricane Facts Discussions
While the list above is our top facts about hurricanes and tropical systems, they are not the only concerns we have for those living in coastal areas and inland places where remnants will track over.
Using the discussion form below, let us know about important and interesting information you think someone reading this article should know about these storms.
And, what is some interesting information about what the future of these storms look like as ocean water becomes warmer in places where these systems typically did not form?