Hurricanes seem to run nilly willy offshore and it is very difficult for even the most seasoned weatherman to predict just where they will end up, but there are many things we do know about them. Hurricanes always start over warm tropical waters when "warm water evaporated and rises into the atmosphere." Once this process starts and the air begins to spiral upward the process is intensified if the temperature of the water is 81 F. Cumulonimbus clouds are formed and become even larger as they absorb large amounts of moisture. The winds begin to pick up and the more they circulate and spin the more intense the situation becomes. When the "speed of the wind reaches 74 mph (119.1 kph), the storm is classified as a hurricane." Time to take action!
The area a hurricane covers can be quite expansive from 100 to 300 miles wide. Most of the hurricane activity that we see begins "over the Atlantic Ocean north of the equator." It is then they start their willy nilly journeys which usually last for about a week. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a predictor that indicates just how strong a storm can be. They range from Category 1 to the extremely destructive Category 5 that New Orleans experienced with Hurricane Katrina. In this book you learn about the particulars of each category, you'll get a glimpse at some devastating historical hurricanes, you'll see how hurricanes are forecasted and tracked, you'll learn about storm watches, hurricane warnings, how to prepare for a storm, and you'll learn some interesting facts.
This swirling, fascinating book is an interesting way to learn about hurricanes. I loved the setup of this book and if you have also read "Tornadoes" by Gail Gibbons you will have a good idea of how nicely she relays important information about nature's wondrous wrath. The first few pages discuss and illustrate how storms are formed. When the storm categories are discussed, you can read about and visual compare the differences. For example, in the aftermath of a Category one you can see the storm in action and when it is done you can see people out picking up the mess and surveying the damage like shingle loss, broken windows and scattered tree limbs. This is not only a fun book to read, but a very informative one!
on December 5, 2012
We bought this for our Granddaughter who is 6 going on 7 because she was involved in a hurricane and had a lot of questions. Her mother didn't quite know where to start. You don't want to scare a kid by giving them too much but you want to give them enough information and technical information for them to understand what happened to their area, This book is excellent in giving just the right information. I would recommend it up to the age of about 10 and then you will need more technical information.