There are many hurricane facts for kids that they should know well. To begin with a hurricane is huge storms that start from the sea and the winds blow at a speed of 75 to 95 miles per hour. Generally hurricanes arise on warm water. The temperature of the water should be around 75 degrees Fahrenheit which is somewhere around 28 degree Celsius. A strong wind lashes the entire region affected by hurricanes. The winds are generally warm as they gather heat and moisture from the sea. Once a hurricane starts it lasts for almost 7 to 10 days. During this period the winds continue to blow at high speed and can even reach to a speed of 600 miles per hour. When the sea water evaporates it results in increasing the power of these winds. The winds usually blow in anti-clockwise direction and the centre of the wind is called ‘eye'. The wind near the eye is mild and has less speed. The worst part about hurricanes is when they come onto land then they can damage buildings with heavy rains and strong winds accompanied with them. Some of the basic hurricane facts for kids are listed below:
- Hurricanes are generally formed near 5 to 15 degree latitudes near the equator. A special force called is required to make the wind storm spin and that is not available near the equator so a hurricane can never form near equator.
- The worst part of hurricane is a storm surge. When the winds spin in round direction they pick moisture from the surrounding and became very heavy because of it. When they strike the lands surface they can cause floods.
- A hurricane normally occurs in the last six months in a year. Months from July to December are more prone to hurricanes.
- A hurricane does not differ much from typhoons. It is just that the hurricanes are limited to Atlantic Ocean and Eastern part of Pacific Ocean. A part of Gulf of Mexico also experiences Hurricanes sometimes.
- There are people who work as hurricane hunters. They work for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They move in air planes near the storm to record the temperature, intensity, direction and pressure of the storm. They carry sophisticated computers with latest technologies and radars to assist them in their work.