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Science behind Hurricanes

Have you ever wondered how Hurricanes, one of earth’s most powerful natural storms, occur? In this article we will discuss the science behind the formation of hurricanes. Hurricanes are defined as tropical cyclones that exceed 74 mph, however greater

hurricanes have wind speeds of at least 111 mph up to 180 mph! While tropical cyclones form all over the earth, hurricanes only define the ones that occur in the atlantic ocean. In the Wester North Pacific Ocean they are called “typhoons” and in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean they are called “Cyclones”.



Tropical cyclones are formed when the warm, moist air close to the equator rises and creates areas of lower air pressure. The difference in the areas of low air pressure and surrounding areas of high pressure create clouds, which spin together and form cyclones. Hurricanes have three sections: the eye, the eyewall, and the rainbands. The eye is the center of the storm, which is also the calmest section of the storm. The eyewall is a ring of thunderstorms, which are directly outside of the eye of the storm. The rainbands are clouds that surround the eyewall that add to the diameter of the storm.


We hope you found this information on the science of hurricanes interesting and that you learned a fact or two today! At AJS, we are committed to serving the Gulf Coast and beyond in moving, building, and leveling and we are here to help you and your properties. For lifting, construction, or moving, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!

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