Physical Science 101
Hurricanes Study Guide

After the "Hurricanes" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

How do tropical and equatorial weather systems differ from midlatitude weather systems?

What is an Easterly Wave?

What direction does an Easterly Wave move?

Describe the weather associated with Equatorial lows?

What are the differences between a Hurricane, Typhoon and Cyclone?

When is a hurricane named?

List the Stages of Hurricane Development.

What is the minimum sustained wind speed required to classify a tropical storm as a hurricane?

What are the general characteristics of a hurricane?

What are the conditions that lead to the formation of a hurricane?

What is the Saffir-Simpson Scale?

List and describe the various forms of damage caused by hurricanes.

How do hurricanes decay?

In which oceans do hurricanes not form?

Why don't they form in these oceans?

Which can have higher wind speeds? Tornadoes or Hurricanes

Which causes more damage? Tornadoes or Hurricanes. Why?