Understanding Hurricanes In The Summer

As the summer season begins, people who live in the coastal states of the country have to start thinking about hurricanes and tropical storms. Most people know that a hurricane begins as a low-pressure system and can quickly blossom if there is a lack of wind shear and if the ocean water is warm. According climatecommunication.org, hurricanes usually form after fronts and storms blow off the African coast. Clouds of the low-pressure system in the ocean begin to swirl in the same direction that the earth rotates. An eye soon develops as the storm strengthens. A Category 4 or 5 storm often goes through eyewall replacement as the winds increase and decrease before increasing again. The eye of the hurricane is usually where the heaviest rain and the strongest winds are measured. Wind speed and direction of a hurricane are typically measured from the eye instead of the overall storm. The rain bands could spread out over dozens, sometimes, hundreds, of miles depending on how large the storm grows. Hurricanes usually stay in the ocean, but there are times that steering currents don’t take these storms out to sea. This means that they can impact the islands in the Atlantic Ocean or even the coastal states of the country, such as Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Alabama.