How Do Storms Form?

Ana, Andrew, Erika, Hugo-do any of these names sound familiar? They may be the names of people you know, but they're also the names of some of the hurricanes that developed over the Atlantic Ocean in recent years.

1. Using satellite imagery, meteorologists are able to track the speed at which a hurricane is approaching land. This means they are able to warn people living in coastal areas to move inland. The map below shows the location of Hurricane Ralph on a Thursday at 6:00 A.M. The hurricane is moving toward the west at 25 kilometers per hour. On the map, mark the location at which you think the eye of the storm will first pass over land if the speed stays the same.

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2. When do you think the eye of the storm will first pass over land?







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