Hurricane Warning! This tutorial will blow your mind! A “never seen before” and “one of a kind” curriculum on meteorology: hurricanes (Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic). This tutorial has it all.
Come meet Katrina, Sandy, Andrew, Hugo, Floyd, Betsy, Inez, Irene, Alicia, Charley, Gilbert, Dean, the Perfect Storm, Bob, Gloria, Fran, Camille, Florence, Isabel, Rita, Wilma, Carol, Ivan, Donna, Carla, Hazel, Audrey, Agnes, and more…
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Content, activities, and case studies are presented in a variety of ways. This pedagogical strategy makes this tutorial applicable to many ability levels. Tables, graphs, question and answer sections, mapping, graphical organizers, engaging images, photographs, diagrams, case studies, and a special Hurricane Sandy walkthrough.
See below for the section descriptions found within this tutorial:
-Background information: air pressure systems, hazards to life and property, requirements for tropical development.
-Storm category differentiation: depression, storm, hurricane, and major hurricane.
-Tropical formation environments and keys to development and/or dissipation.
Hurricane climatology, specific storms with complete life cycle (i.e. New England Hurricane of 1938).
-Hurricane season: breakdown by month with specific case studies incorporating track, cone of uncertainty, and most likely formation environment. Hurricane Alma, Hurricane Dennis, Chesapeake Hurricane of 1933, Cape May Hurricane of 1821, Hurricane Inez, and Hurricane Gordon.
-Basic terminology and features: Saffir-Simpson scale, cone of uncertainty, best track, landfall, and hazards (power outages, beach erosion, flash flooding, torrential rain, storm surge, damage, winds, and weak tornadoes).
-Hurricane diagrams: eye, eye wall, feeder bands, inner bands, outer bands, sustained winds, and barometric pressure.
-Play Doh model or Doppler radar reflection differentiation using markers. Your choice.
-Hurricane tracking: mapping the center of low pressure on longitude and latitude maps like the professionals do. Recognition and use of official NWS symbols (tropical depression, tropical storm, hurricane, and major hurricane.) Application and synthesis of real images from visible satellite, Doppler radar, and infrared satellite. Mapping of Hurricane Floyd, Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Andrew.
-Hurricane categories: Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3, Cat 4, and Cat 5. Description, damage, and specific hurricane examples. 5 category evaluation organizers complete with description, damage, graphical image, reality depiction, and actual storm example. 5 damage assessment organizers complete with reality depiction, graphical image and detailed actual storm example.
National Weather Service Announcements: hurricane local statement, tropical storm watch, tropical storm warning, hurricane watch, and hurricane warning.
Last but not least, a comprehensive case study of the infamous Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Relevant background information provided leading to an analysis of the atmospheric factors that caused such a unique storm. Hurricane Sandy tracked northeast then re-curved to the west. A once in a 700-year storm! Students will evaluate many concrete and abstract meteorological variables before, during, and after the storm. Topics and concepts covered include: jet streams, blocking high pressure systems, steering patterns, NAO, and 500 millibar upper air map analysis. There is also ample satellite analysis, spaghetti plot review, computer model evaluation, infrared analysis, air pressure application, wind speed and wind direction analysis, isobar relationships, storm surge differences, storm core maps, eye wall maps, landfall details, precipitation zones, high elevation snow forecasting, beach erosion differences, 5 day forecasting, weather map analysis, station model correlation, and property damage and power outage patterns. This case study is absolutely LOADED with real images, maps, and actual professional teaching tools used in undergraduate meteorology classes but delivered in a unique matter.
This lesson concludes with a fun famous hurricane organizer. Matching activity with storms color-coded by category in which students match hurricane name, characteristics, and notable image. Hurricanes Gloria, Carol, Gilbert, 1938 Storm, Agnes, Audrey, Hazel, Carla, Ivan, Donna, the Keys Storm, and Betsy.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about hurricanes and meteorology in general. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your meteorology teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”