Thursday, 30 May 2013

2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season about to start...

The Atlantic Hurricane season officially starts on the 1st of June.
This would be a useful context for exploring the impact of atmospheric hazards by keeping a section of display free to explore the season as it develops. Put a map up and plot the storms as they develop. Also check out the Hurricane ideas in Bob Lang's 'GIS made Easy' book.
It is predicted by NOAA to be an active season.

We are currently in Hurricane Preparedness Week in the USA.
This helps people get ready for the season that is about to start.
In some areas it already has... As I post this, Hurricane Barbara is lashing Mexico's Pacific coast.

We also have the list of names that is going to be used this year.
Remember that when there is a particularly devastating hurricane, a name will be 'retired', and not used again. The name SANDY was recently retired.


Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Ingrid
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy
A nice 'fun' and completely 'pointless' homework would be to give a reward to anyone who can bring in a special personalised Coke bottle which has the name of one of the hurricanes from the 2013 season on it... It may involve foreign travel - when I was in Belgium recently I noticed Sebastien, but you might not find one in your local corner shop in Wakefield... but then again...

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