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1999 Hurricane Season: Are Predictions Proving True?

Hurricane researchers around the country are expecting 1999 to be an unusually active hurricane season. Though still early in the mid-August through October season, the North Atlantic has already seen two tropical storms (Arlene and Emily) and three hurricanes (Bret, Cindy, and Dennis). While Hurricane Bret struck land in a rural portion of South Texas, and Dennis flirted with the coasts of North...
Forces of Nature: National Geographic Education

This dynamic site from National Geographic Education features invigorating ganders into four of nature’s most devastating forces. Start with Tornadoes. Six sections – What is a Tornado, What Causes Tornadoes, and Characteristics of Tornadoes, among others – provide an informative overview of these sudden, sometimes devastating wind events. Next, take a look at Volcanoes, and click on headings like...
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma

The web has facilitated the creation of a number of historical archives dealing with relatively recent events, including such notable efforts as those designed to preserve oral histories of September 11th. Another project of note is the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, developed and maintained by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans. With...

First, the National Weather Service addresses the work of the National Hurricane Center "to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, and by increasing understanding of these hazards" (1). At this vast website, users can find satellite imagery, current and archived advisories,...
Hurricanes: Science and Society

The University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography hosts Hurricanes: Science and Society, an educational web page that provides information and resources about the science and history of hurricanes as well as hurricane safety. Visitors to this webpage can browse through three main categories: Science, Hurricanes & Society, and History. Highlights of this extensive collection include...
NASA: Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

NASA's Hurricanes and Tropical Storms website offers a number of resources about the science and history of hurricanes and tropical cyclones, including articles, photographs, videos, and more. These resources may be appreciated by those who want to keep abreast of current hurricane and tropical storm activity as well as science instructors. On the site's homepage, visitors will find up-to-date...
NOVA: Rise of the Superstorms

This recent episode of NOVA, which aired on June 27, 2018, examines the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Within the course of weeks, Hurricane Harvey unleashed an estimated 30-50 inches of rain to Houston, Texas; Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on a number Carribean islands and the state of Florida; and Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and Dominica, causing massive damage and a death...
Tropical Prediction Center

The Tropical Prediction Center Web site is maintained by the National Weather Service of NOAA. Visitors will find current information on tropical storms and hurricanes, including public advisories. Also available are hurricane facts, historical data, tracking charts, satellite imagery, season summaries, and a wealth of other interesting and important information.
USGS: Hurricane and Extreme Storm Impact Studies

This website discusses the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program's studies of the extent and causes of hurricanes' and extreme storms' coastal impacts in order to improve the ability to predict coastal change. Students can find a tutorial about hurricanes, El Ni'os, and Northeasters. The site provides a map of the current tropical storm tracks. Researchers can learn about the USGS's use of video...