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How Does a Hurricane Work?

How Things Work
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How Does a Hurricane Work?
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.62

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    determined, structural, landfall, evacuate, meteorologists, circulate, tremendous, span, surge, cyclone, aircraft, coastal, courtesy, radar, destructive, increase
     content words:    Cyclone Catarina


How Does a Hurricane Work?
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Cyclone Catarina, 2004, seen from the ISS. Photo courtesy of NASA
 
2     It's been front page news many times. A hurricane makes landfall and causes tremendous damage and loss of life in communities along the coast. But why does it happen this way? How does a hurricane work?
 
3     A hurricane begins with a cluster of thunderstorms known as a tropical depression. A tropical depression is an area of low pressure with wind speeds of less than thirty-eight miles per hour. Some tropical depressions grow and increase in wind speed until they become tropical storms. A tropical storm has wind speeds of thirty-nine to seventy-three miles per hour. Some tropical storms continue to grow until they become hurricanes, huge storms with wind speeds of seventy-four miles per hour or more.
 
4     Hurricanes begin over the ocean in particular areas of the world. It takes a specific set of circumstances to create a hurricane. There must be warm water and warm, moist air that rises. That is why hurricanes usually begin in the tropical latitudes over oceans.
 
5     For a hurricane to develop, a cycle of air flow must form. It begins with warm, moist air rising over the tropical ocean. This warm, moist air condenses into rain clouds, and at the same time releases its heat into the air. The air begins to circulate, and as it does, it continues to draw in more and more air creating a wind cycle.

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