Other Tropical Cyclone Educational Resources for Schools

Educational Level Rating: ES (Elementary School), MS (Middle School), HS (High School) and NR (Not Rated)

NASA Scijinks - How does a hurricane form? (ES,MS)
Have you ever wondered how hurricanes form and why hurricanes are called so many different names? Check out this cool site from NASA Scijinks! Visit the site here.
Cyclone Center (HS)
CYGNSS will allow us to use satellite remote sensing to measure ocean surface winds. Another satellite-based approach that can be used to understand the strength of hurricanes is the use satellite “imagery”, which allows hurricane scientists to monitor the structure of hurricanes for important clues which are related tropical cyclone intensity (Examples: symmetric vs. asymmetric shape, warming or cooling cloud top temperatures). This interactive site includes a tropical cyclone “Field Guide” that helps students to differentiate between Eye Storms, Embedded Center Storms and more! Visit the site here.
Hurricanes As Heat Engines (ES, MS, HS)
The purpose of this activity is to examine authentic sea surface temperature data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. The site is part of the MY NASA DATA program, which encourages student exploration using real data collected during NASA missions. Visit the site here.
National Hurricane Center Plotting Maps (NR)
The National Hurricane Center homepage includes two printable hurricane plotting maps (Eastern Pacific Basin, Atlantic Basin) to help students follow the trace of hurricanes. This activity provides students with an opportunity to learn about maps, how to use Cartesian coordinates to plot the movement of hurricanes, as well as how variable the speed of movement and the intensity of hurricanes can be. Visit the site here.
National Hurricane Center Plotting Maps (NR)
Combined with other sources of data, the measurement of ocean surface winds speeds within the core of Hurricanes by CYGNSS will help hurricane researchers to obtain a better understanding of the complex processes which influence the intensification of hurricanes. The University of Wisconsin has developed this an HTML5 applet that allows students to explore the impact of two of the more common influences, seasonal water temperatures and surface high pressure systems, on the intensity and landfall location of a model hurricane. Visit the site here.
National Hurricane Center Create-a-Cane (NR)
Test your understanding of the conditions needed for hurricane formation including:
  • How strong should winds be at different altitudes?
  • Which layers of the atmosphere should be moist or dry?
  • Which latitudes are most conducive to hurricane formation?
  • How does sea surface temperature affect hurricaner strength?
Visit the site here. [Note: Adobe Flash required]
NOAA Aim-a-Cane (NR)
Explore how the position of high and low pressure systems affects the path of a hurricane. Visit the site here. [Note: Adobe Flash required]