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Definition Hurricane - Typhoon, Cyclone:|
Storm with violent winds
Tropical cyclone in the Caribbean
Typhoon in Asia
Also called: tornado - gale - tempest - typhoon - whirlwind
Winds of force 12 on Beaufort scale + exceeding 64 knots or 74 mph
Definition blizzard: A violent snowstorm with winds blowing above 35 miles = 56 km per hour and visibility of less than 440 yards = 400 m
During known Earth history only in 2005 humans had to face more than two Category 5 Atlantic storms|
During known Earth history only in 2007 more than one Atlantic hurricane made landfall at Category 5 strength
Very strong Atlantic hurricanes that have reached category 5 intensity on more than one occasion:
Allen, Andrew, Isabel, Ivan, Dean, Felix
Hurricane Emilia 1994 in the Pacific and 2006's Hurricane Ioke have reached Category 5 intensity more than once
The strongest of these storms was Typhoon Tip in 1979. Tip set a world-record minimum pressure of 870 hPa (mbar; 25.69 inHg)
The terminology for tropical cyclones differs from one region to another
Among the strongest typhoons were:
Typhoon Tip, Typhoon Megi, Typhoon Grace, Typhoon Vera, Typhoon Sarah
What is a hurricane? |
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone. A low pressure system forms in the tropics, moving westward. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms.
In the Northern Hemisphere, these storms have a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface.
In the Southern Hemisphere, these storms have a clockwise circulation.
The ingredients for a hurricane include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft.
If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods.
About a dozen tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico, every year.
Many storms remain over the ocean and have no direct impact to coastlines.
But often these storms become hurricanes, killing ~200 people.
Sometimes, these storms become "major" or "intense" hurricanes.
Then scientists tell us about a category 3 or higher storm.
The phrase Tropical Depression is used for an organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 kt) or less
The phrase Tropical Storm is used for an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph (34-63 kt)
The phrase Hurricane is used for an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is used to categorize the different strength of a storm. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest.
Meteorologists like to name hurricanes.
Names are used, when wind speeds reach 39 mph (34 kts)
What we can do is to use far less energy overall:
less energy from fossil fuels,
less energy waste, more energy conservation, more efficiency!
Better transportation, environmentally manufacturing, better food production.
Where does a hurricane gets its energy from?
Hurricane take energy from the ocean, sucking up warm, moist tropical air from the surface, dispensing cooler air aloft.
Humans breath in + out, hurricanes do that too
Hurricanes get stronger until this "breathing" is disrupted, for example when warm water is missing over land
No warm water, no more power to the hurricane!
A) Many nations, many people, don't have the knowledge to understand the problem of burning fossil fuels!
People change their behavior when energy costs more
We need to reduce the fossil fuel subsidies!!
The money should be used to finance solutions to normalize weather patterns!
BSB is encouraging massive deployment of existing clean energy and efficiency technology. Solar water heating, photo-voltaic, heat pumps, fuel cells cars and buses in public transportation, wind turbines, ocean tide power plants... There are many energy saving, energy producing possibilities out there - ready to use!|
C) We have many smart scientists and engineers out there. Support them, give them tax breaks, double the energy research budget, start the innovation machine worldwide! This will lead to massive spending, will lead to more public awareness, will draw public money in new businesses, creation of new environmental prizes, programs. And it will help to boost investment in infrastructure.
Main parts we need to invest:
New, more efficient electricity generation.
New, more efficient transmission lines.
A new Smart grid with better distribution.
Much better insulation of houses and factories
New continental trains, regional trains, public transit.
New more efficient freight rail instead of gas guzzling trucks.
New infrastructure for electric-cars.
New and better sea walls to keep out rising oceans.
Think about what these investments would cause?
Creation of millions of jobs!
Extension of natural resources for the next generation.
Lower air pollution = better health for all life = less costs for health care!
We need to reduce the violent weather patterns, what will lead to a better protection of biodiversity.
We need to protect our rain forests. Rain-forests regulate Earth's climate.
BSB works hard to protect all forests on Earth and the animals, plants and people that depend on them.
We campaign for sustainable agriculture, emissions reductions and increases in the use of energy-efficient technologies
Tornadoes transport violent warm air over long distances. Ice on Greenland + on Ant-Arctica is melting, causing higher ocean levels.
Informed people have the power to address its root causes and limit its impact on our planet (the only home we have). Without action, climate change will cause the extinction of countless species and destroy some of Earth's most precious ecosystems, putting billions of humans at risk.
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Do you know how much CO2 humans produce? Do you know why burning fossil fuel changes our weather patterns?
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