Tropical Cyclones

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Tropical Cyclones

By | September 2013
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Introduction
In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States. Katrina caused over 200 billion in damages, took more than 1500 lives and displaced millions from their homes (Ahrens). Even though cyclones are not always as strong or cause as much damage as Katrina it is important that we study how tropical cyclones develop. We can study tropical cyclones to improve predictions and help us prepare for the next devastating storm. Scientists have built computer models that use physical laws and how they react with the earth’s atmosphere, land and water that can predict the path and strength of these storms (Landsea). Although tropical cyclones cause damage and take peoples lives they are still important because they help regulate temperature by taking heat near from the tropics and distributing it to places that need heat like the colder climates (Ahrens). Tropical cyclones develop by the equator and usually travel west gaining strength from warm oceans, sometimes causing billions in damages and hundreds to thousands of deaths, although tropical cyclones cannot be stopped with the help of scientist meteorologist and computer models tropical cyclones can be projected to help people better prepare and minimalize damages.

Meteorological Causes/ Concepts
A Tropical cyclone is a low-pressure system over tropical waters with thunderstorm activity and circular surface wind circulation (Ahrens). Hurricanes and typhoons are both cyclones. The difference is where they are found. Hurricanes are found in the Caribbean’s and Southeastern United States (Landsea). Typhoons are found in the Northwest Pacific and cyclones are found in the Indian Southeast Pacific such as Madagascar, Australia and India (Landsea). Cyclones have an “eye” which is a circular area in the center of the storm. In the eye there is light wind and no extreme weather. The “eye wall” surrounds the eye and is where the highest surface winds are located. The eye is made up air that...