According to NOAA's National Hurricane Center, the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean begins on May 15 and ends November 30. It also runs from May 15 through November 30 in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Hurricanes that form over the Atlantic often seriously impact the eastern coast of the United States, the Gulf of Mexico coastline and islands in the Caribbean. Pacific storms affect countries that border the ocean, Pacific islands and, very occasionally, the southern California coastline. Although these kinds of storms appear in other locations around the world, the term "hurricane" is used only when these weather patterns occur in the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean or eastern North Pacific. Other areas use the labels "typhoon" or "cyclone."Learn More
A flood plain map shows not only bodies of water that flood, but the surrounding area that is prone to flooding as well. This allows communities, government agencies, such as FEMA, and scientists to understand the significant impact that flooding has on a given area.Full Answer >
Cyclones, which are storms that rotate around a central low-pressure area, occur when high-pressure cold air fronts slide on top of low-pressure warm air fronts. When the warm air rises, cold air on all sides drops, and spinning occurs due to the Coriolis effect.Full Answer >
It is unknown how large and strong a tornado can get. As of 2013, the strongest wind speed recorded in a tornado was 318 mph in 1999 Moore, Oklahoma, by Doppler on Wheels (DOW), and the widest tornado on record occurred on May 31, 2013, near El Reno, Oklahoma.Full Answer >
Forty-five thousand thunderstorms occur on a daily basis around the world. Two thousand thunderstorms are taking place on Earth at any given moment in time.Full Answer >