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Question Set: Storms

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NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  1. What is the difference between hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons?
     
  2. Explain how a hurricane-force wind might develop very large waves.
     
  3. In Hawai‘i, good wave sets for surfing are often seen on the North Shore in the winter and on the southern coast in the summer. What do you think causes this predictable surf pattern?
     
  4. What conditions would lead to a particularly devastating hurricane? Include such factors as location of landfall, land elevation, tide, and storm surge.
     
  5. Why do hurricane winds flow in a counterclockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and in a clockwise direction in the southern hemisphere?
     
  6. If warnings are issued about an approaching hurricane, what precautions do you think people should take?

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.