If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather conditions like hurricanes, you must know your basics. Like what a hurricane is, what to expect, and how to prepare for emergencies.
So instead of boring you all with the same old information, here are some of the lesser-known facts about hurricanes.
Why Hurricanes Have Human Names
Ever wondered why human names are given to hurricanes? Well, it began as an informal method by members of the US Navy and Army during World War II. Later on, meteorologists started using women’s names for tropical storms to make it easier and less confusing for a layman.
From 1950, they began a formal recording of the names of Atlantic storms, and till 1979, tropical storms were only given women’s names.
Is it Possible to Run Out of Hurricane Names?
In 6 lists there are 21 names for Atlantic hurricanes. There are no names with the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z because not a lot of names begin with these letters.
Now the main question: what to do if there are more storms in one season? This has only happened once since the names were officially recorded. In this case, the World Meteorological Organization started using Greek letters like alpha and beta for storms.
What to Expect When Hurricanes Collide?
It is possible for two hurricanes to collide and it is called the Fujiwhara Effect, named in honor of the meteorologist who was the first to describe this phenomenon. If two cyclones with similar speeds come close to each other, they start spinning around a center point that is common.
If the cyclones have different sizes then the smaller cyclone will orbit around the larger one and then merge into a single hurricane.
In 1994, Hurricane John crossed both western and eastern parts of the Pacific Ocean and lasted for about 31 days. It is the longest hurricane ever recorded.
A Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning are Not the Same
A hurricane watch is issued within 36 hours of the authorities spot a hurricane. While a hurricane warning is given within 24 hours when the same conditions occur.
Hurricanes Can Hold a Lot of Water
Hurricanes are composed of winds and water. One hurricane can hold trillion gallons of water.
The Most Deadly Hurricane
The Bhola Cyclone occurred in 1970 in Bangladesh. It killed more than 500,000 people and is considered the deadliest cyclone among all in terms of taking lives.
You can protect your home from strong hurricane winds by installing hurricane impact-resistant windows. They can resist category 5 winds.
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