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Hurricanes

Since Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of the U.S., hurricanes have been implanted in the cultural zeitgeist—whether we’re commenting on the clean up of New Orleans and its surrounding areas or debating whether or not climate change is creating stronger storms. This cribsheet covers some basics of hurricanes: How they form, their different parts, and what causes them to dissipate. In addition, we tell you where they typically crop up, whether warmer oceans correlate to greater hurricane intensity, and the difficulty in gauging their force.

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Information design by Cybu Richli, Switzerland, www.cybu.ch; Writer: Josh Braun; Consultants: John Beven and James Franklin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricanes Center; Map and Graph Data: Kerry Emanuel Laboratory, MIT

 

Originally published September 1, 2006

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