Costa Rica is beautiful small country. However, it can sometimes be a scary place. Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and flooding are all too common for such a small place. Costa Rica lies between the Pacific and Atlantic ocean so one would expect extreme weather such as hurricanes to happen often but that is not the case. Although it rains from May to November, only September and October typically bring the tropical thunderstorms.
“After the air has risen to a certain height, the wind turns the raising air forcing it to rotate. This rotating column of air spins down to the ground, causing a tornado” (“what Causes Tornadoes?”). Typically, thunderstorms will develop in warm, moist air ahead of the storm system, causing the storm to produce a tornado. “In a thunderstorm, the tornado begins as a circulation several thousands of feet above the ground and slowly descends to the ground” (“TORNADOES”). Commonly, you don’t see tornadoes in the fall or winter months, but in the spring and summer months tornadoes begin to appear.
The first component of the evacuation plan is the hazard analysis, which examines the population and area at risk based on specific conditions of the hazard. The hazard analysis aims to highlight the possible affected area of a specific hazard event, such as a hurricane (Baker, 2000). Identifying the spatial extent of the potential risk area is not the only objective of the hazard analysis; it also helps in directing attention toward other hazards associated with the specific hazard event itself. In case of a hurricane event for instance, a hazard analysis helps to identify the areas at risk of damage that results from a storm surge, hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, or fresh water flooding. This could be done through utilizing the Sea, Lake,
The Fujita-Pearson scale, formally known as the Fujita scale, is the scale used to rate how destructive a tornado is. The lowest rating is a f0, which has little to no damage on human structures and vegetation. The highest ever recorded rating was an f5, which has a large and sometimes deadly impact on human structures, vegetation and humans ourselves. In 2007 the Enhanced fujita scale was introduced in america, which canada also embraced. It accurately measures wind speed with the amount of destruction a tornado inflicts.
Hurricanes not only bring devastating storm surges, violent winds, and torrential rainfall, but the aftermath of these storms proves to be costly. According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ivan resulted in over $14.2 billion and Hurricane Katrina produced over $75 billion in damages. After witnessing the devastation of these hurricanes, I remain determined to improve structures on the Gulf Coast.
The amount of property that was damaged by hurricane Harvey was vast. Strong winds are what people think of when they think of a hurricane. The winds from Harvey were said to have reached 130 mph. That was enough for it to be classified as a category 4 storm. The strong winds spread debris across the land scape of Texas as it ripped through the structures destroying anything in its direct path.
About 10 a year, thousands injured, and even more deaths. What could cause these devastating numbers? It could be many things, but this is the work of a hurricane. A hurricane is a tropical storm. It has the scale rating from one to five.
Many meteorologists have studied these hexagonal clouds and have confirmed that they can shoot out air at around 140mph. With these wind speeds, planes and ships can easily be blown out of the air and pushed into the ocean. Other theories point at more natural occurrences such as strong currents, freak waves, and powerful, unexpected storms, but this next theory really peaked my interest. This theory expounded on the idea of electronic fog which may be linked to the Hutchison Effect. According to Bhattacharya’s article entitled “Electronic Fog: Hutchison Effect in the Bermuda Triangle?”, it all started when Bruce Gernon, who has had 15 years of flying experience, was flying from Andros Island to Palm Beach, FL.
Hurricane Katrina “ What changed in the United States with Hurricane Katrina was a feeling that we have entered a period of consequences ” ( “Al Gore” AZ Quotes ). This quote was said by former Vice President, Al Gore, and he believed that Global Warming was to blame for Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane comes from spanish word “ huracán ” which was borrowed from Taino Indians word “ hurakán ” which means center of the wind ( Hurricane Katrina Devastates ) . Katrina formed August 23, 2005, when it had hit New Orleans, in early morning of the 29th. Katrina was designed as a Category 3 hurricane but , peaked at a Category 5.
Sandy became the deadliest hurricane to hit Cuba. The death total in the Caribbean topped off at seventy. Then the hurricane moved northwest heading to the lower eastern seaboard (Florida and Georgia) . On October 29th, the hurricane makes a drastic change of course straight to New Jersey. Places like New York and New Jersey once thought as being untouchable now brace themselves for the storm.
These hurricanes are formed over warm ocean waters and can sometimes touch land. If the storm hit land it pushes a wall of water ashore called a storm surge. That put together with heavy rainfall is what creates flooding which is exactly what happened in the south due to hurricane Katrina. Initially, it formed south of the Bahamas as a tropical depression, but by the time it made its way to southern Florida, Katrina had become a category one hurricane. By August 28 Katrina turned into a category five hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico, but weakened to category four before hitting land along the Louisiana-Mississippi
Two hours later, Hurricane Katrina went through Hallandale Beach and Aventura on August 25. Hallandale Beach and Aventura are in the right side of the bottom tip of Florida. Hurricane Katrina began to get less stronger and became a tropical storm. After it went through the bottom tip of Florida, it entered the Gulf of Mexico. There it got back to being a hurricane.