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If you live along the Atlantic or Gulf Coast, you may know what it's like when a hurricane takes aim. People may be boarding up windows or dashing out to get food, batteries, and candles. Sometimes, a long line of cars snakes out of town as people evacuate their homes. In this activity, you'll learn all about how hurricanes form.
- Go to Hurricanes from Weather Wiz Kids. Read What Is a Hurricane? Where does a hurricane get its energy?
- Describe a hurricane's eye.
- Scroll to How Do Hurricanes Form? What allows warm air to rise above the ocean surface?
- What is the Coriolis Force?
- Why don't hurricanes form near the equator?
- Look at the numbered What Does a Hurricane Need? diagram. List the five things needed for hurricane formation.
- Scroll to What Is a Storm Surge? Describe a storm surge.
- Continue to When Does Hurricane Season Start? Study the diagram. How does hurricane season relate to sea surface temperature?