Hurricane Horrors

Hailey Laue, Contributor

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Why are there so many natural disasters happening around the world? Hurricanes are one of the natural disasters that have been frequently occurring recently. How do they form? How many were there in the last 10 year? How many of them caused a lot of damage? 

In the last 10 years in the Northern Atlantic from 2008 to 2018 there have been 73 different hurricanes that have hit, but only 10 of them got their names retired. Some of these hurricanes include: Gustav, Ike, and Paloma that hit in 2008; Igor and Tomas that hit in 2010; Irene in 2011; Sandy in 2012; Ingrid in 2013; Erika and Joaqiun that hit in 2015; seven that hit in 2016; 10 that hit in 2017 including Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose, and finally this year in 2018 we had Florence and Michael. 

What does it mean for a hurricane’s name to be retired? As found on The National Hurricane Center website it said, “The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it” (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_history.shtml). 

Hurricanes typically form over warm oceans, near the equator. Hurricanes are just tropical cyclones that are formed by using warm water and moist air as fuel to keep it going. 

There are so many hurricanes forming because of the water temperature and the weather. But Brian Resnick, of FOX news thinks differently. He said, “hurricanes are also influenced and steered by massive global trends in weather that are hard to predict: The warming or cooling of waters in the Pacific (El Niño and La Niña) and patterns like the Madden-Julian oscillation(an eastward-moving weather system that circles the globe every month or so and makes thunderstorms more likely) all play a role,” (https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/10/25/16504488/hurricane-season-2017-what-the-hell). This helps us to better understand why the coast is getting hit with so many damaging hurricanes this year.  

Lots of these hurricanes within the last 10 years have caused a lot of damage. This year alone from hurricane Florence and Michael combined, there have been 113 fatalities. These where category 4 hurricanes that caused lots of flooding, horrible winds, damages to houses, cars, buildings, and long-term power outages.

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