HURRICANES: The Wrath of Mother Nature
“Tropical Development: Wave, Depression, Storm, “Hurricanes and pressure: Low below, high
Hurricane”- Mark Hoekzema atop”- Dr. David Quesada
Hurricane Hugo: Photo courtesy of NOAA
A hurricane is a severe tropical cyclone with winds surpassing 74 miles per hour.
These storms form over oceans, and are fueled by their warm water. The Saffir
Simpson Scale gives categories of 1-5 for these monstrous storms. The following
link will take you to a very detailed description of the scale:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml, and a link to more of an overview:
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/general/lib/laescae.html. Hurricanes are capable of
creating billions of dollars in damage in a short period of time. The most
dangerous element of a hurricane is the storm surge. The highest storm surge on
record in the Atlantic Basin occurred with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“Tropical winds, torrential rains, high
“Gloria- boat covered field hockey field”
seas”- Mish Michaels
Photo courtesy of Tabor Academy Isabel ’03 courtesy WeatherBug Achieve
Hurricanes have been having an impact on human lives for many years. We are
very fortunate to be able to look back at the tracks of hurricanes from many years
ago. In fact, the following site will take you to a hurricane tracker page -
But what about hundreds of years ago, before the technological advances of
recent years? Is there a way to look at the hurricanes of the past and look at what
damage may have been done? The following article and video clip take you back
in time right in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The green arrow points to Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Map courtesy of Google
New England Hurricane History: Digging up Our Past
To locate the video clip go to http://wbztv.com/video and search for “eye on our
atmosphere”. The video clip is: Eye on our Atmosphere—A first Alert Doppler
Special on the Power of Hurricanes Sept. 15, 2004, 7:12 pm ET.
“Trees sway, water rises, lights out”- Paul Kehoe “Tropical storm offshore- surf is up!”
Photo courtesy of Tabor Academy
Many years ago Ernest Hemingway wrote a story using just six words: "For sale:
baby shoes, never worn." Throughout this lesson you have seen pictures with
some six word stories on hurricanes written by teachers, meteorologists, and
people who have experienced a hurricane. It is remarkable to see how much
information you can provide using only six words. For instance, “Caribbean-
hurricane, Indian- cyclone, Pacific- typhoon” written by Dr. David Quesada gives
you three different oceans with three different names for the hurricanes of our
Atlantic basin. Another example written by Sara Hutchings, a teacher who
experienced Hurricane Bob in 1991 writes: “Bob: Fifty-nine trees, one mess”.
With your students, see how many six word stories you can create on the
topic of hurricanes.
Write a six word story and post in your classroom
Pick your favorite story
Create a poster with a photo of the class, and perhaps every student’s height at
the beginning of the year
Bury the poster and photo in a time capsule
In the spring, dig up your time capsule and see how much of your class’s past
you can dig up after one year
Compare the six word stories from September with another assignment you
have written throughout the year.
Write another six word hurricane story incorporating all that you’ve learned
throughout the year.