Hurricane Facts

Hurricane Facts
A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that sustains winds of at least 119 km/hr. They form over the ocean in tropical areas. A tropical cyclone must first surpass three other stages (tropical disturbance, tropical depression, and tropical storm) before being labeled as a hurricane.
Interesting Hurricane Facts:
Sometimes it takes days or week for a storm to develop into a hurricane.
Hurricanes are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 based on its wind speed.
Hurricanes have the ability to produce low scale tornadoes.
The difference between a hurricane, typhoon, and a cyclone is the location of the storm.
The naming of hurricanes began in the early 1900s.
Hurricane season begins in June and lasts until November.
The red dot that appears on the planet Jupiter is actually a never ending hurricane that has been going for over 300 years.
The red dot hurricane on Jupiter is larger than Earth.
Hurricanes are stronger when they are over water and they lose strength when they are over land.
Because hurricanes lose their strength over land, those who live on the coast are at a greater risk of encountering one.
The eye of the hurricane is 38 miles wide on average.
If winds are less than 119 km/hr, then the storm is called a tropical storm and not a hurricane.
From 1953 to 1978, hurricanes were given strictly female names.
If a particular hurricane was massive and made a great impact, its name becomes "retired".
Currently, there are three hurricane names on the retired list: Andrew, Katrina, and Mitch.

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