Tracking Hurricane Katrina
Name: _________________________________ Date: _____________
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought scenes of unimaginable destruction to the Gulf Coast. Days before the hurricane made landfall, satellites were already tracking Katrina as it grew from a disorganized storm to a monstrous hurricane. Use the info about Katrina's category, track, and coordinates on the link to answer the questions below.
- On August 23, Katrina's storm category was ___________________ (light blue). Its maximum wind speed was ______ mph. Its lowest barometric pressure was _______ millibars.
- On August 24, Katrina was a ____________________ (light green). Its maximum wind speed was ______ mph. Its lowest barometric pressure was _______ millibars.
- On August 26, Katrina grew to a _________________ hurricane (yellow) as it hit Florida. Its maximum wind speed was ______ mph. Its barometric pressure dropped to _______ millibars.
- By August 28, Katrina grew into a _________________ hurricane (lavender). Its maximum wind speed was now ______ mph while its barometric pressure plunged to _______ millibars.
- Notice where Katrina was between August 24 and August 28. Think about how a hurricane gets its energy. Give a hypothesis relating the storm's dramatic gain in strength to its location.
- Look closely at your data. What can you conclude about the relationship between wind speed, barometric pressure, and the strength of a hurricane?
- Here's a satellite view of Hurricane Katrina striking New Orleans. Read the caption. How strong was the hurricane when it hit land?
- Read this Planet Diary report. Describe the impact Katrina had on the U.S. Gulf Coast.