A storm is any severe disturbance of the atmosphere that is caused by changes in weather conditions. Storms can be identified by the presence of heavy rainfall, strong wind, hail and thunder. Types of storms include ice storms, blizzards, snow storms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Storms can be dangerous so it is always important to be prepared for them.
A hurricane (also known as tropical cyclone) is a very turbulent storm. It forms wind that travels at high speeds, usually between 74 miles per hour and 195 miles per hour. Hurricanes also cause low air pressure, heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning.
Hurricanes can occur when the following are present: tropical winds around the equator, low pressure and warm oceans. The need for warm air makes hurricanes more prevalent in the summer and early fall seasons. The intensity of a hurricane increases in the presence of heat and as water vapor condenses. Hence, hurricanes can only stop when they encounter cold water or land and this can take some time.
Since hurricanes can lead to loss of lives and properties, it is important to prepare early for them. First and foremost, up-to-date information should be accessed from the National Hurricane Center to find out if an area will soon experience a hurricane. Anytime a hurricane is expected, it is important to fill the tank of your vehicle with fuel so that if there is a need to relocate or evacuate any item, there will be no problem doing so. Important items such as documents, electronics and food should be stored in waterproof containers. This will help to prevent their displacement when turbulent storms come against them. They may also be tied to a trailer or house. People who live in mobile houses have no safer option than to evacuate immediately.
- What Is A Hurricane? This site gives a basic illustration of what hurricane is and a picture from NASA.
- What Causes Hurricanes? Understanding the causes and damages done by hurricanes can give someone knowledge of how to avoid them.
- Hurricane Basics: This page contains an overview of hurricanes.
- How To Be A Hurricane Survivor: The page contains information on the types of hurricanes and what to do when one is about to occur.
- Avoid The Beach: Discover why it is dangerous to be at the beach during a hurricane.
- What To Do In Case Of A Hurricane: Learn what to do before and after a hurricane.
- Hurricane Guide: This page has lots of tips to employ before and during a hurricane to prevent damages.
- Weather Hurricane: A very good page for learning what hurricane is, how it starts and more.
- Understanding Hurricanes: This page contains links to other pages that describe hurricane movement, stages, structure, how to get prepared for them and lots of other interesting facts.
- Hurricanes: From this page, you will gain knowledge on the names of the different kinds of hurricanes, how to track hurricanes, some hurricane terms and more.
An earthquake is what happens when the ground shakes and structures collapse. Hence, an earthquake occurs when there are movements or displacements in the earth crust. There are three major types of earthquakes: tectonic, volcanic and explosion earthquakes. Tectonic earthquakes occur when tectonic plates are displaced. This displacement causes the rocks on the earth crust to break. Volcanic earthquakes are caused by volcanic eruptions while explosion earthquakes are those that occur in as the result of a nuclear or chemical explosion.
- Monitoring Earthquakes: This page has a list of organizations that help to monitor earthquakes.
- Latest Earthquakes: Find out the countries where the latest earthquakes occurred.
- How To Prevent Earthquake Damage: Discover what you can do to protect furniture, electric appliances and other household items during an earthquake.
- Earthquakes: The page contains information on how to define earthquakes, the intensity of earthquakes, the seismograph and more.
- Learn Earthquakes: A resource for learning types of earthquakes, elasticity, stress, measurement of earthquakes and other important facts.
- The Plate Boundaries: Discover the plate boundaries where interpolate earthquakes normally occur.
- Earthquake Tips: A guide from FEMA on how to prepare for earthquakes.
A tornado is a violent column of air that rotates. The column of air makes contact with the earth and the clouds. In most cases, this column looks like a funnel with the narrow part touching the earth’s surface. Tornadoes occur frequently in the United States where it causes over 80 deaths every year and more than 1,500 cases of severe injuries.
Tornadoes occur when warm, moist air in the lower atmosphere comes in contact with cold dry air in the upper atmosphere. The two air currents get mixed up when wind from mountains or water bodies blows across them. Types of tornadoes include waterspout, multiple vortex and landspout.
To be safe from the dangers of tornadoes, one will have to be constantly updated with weather reports. In addition, tornadoes can be suspected when the sky turns dark or greenish. Also, tornadoes can be suspected when a rotating low-lying cloud is observed or when there is a large hail. The NOAA weather radio is a good place to seek the latest news on tornado watches and warnings. A tornado watch is news that indicates the possibility of a tornado while a tornado warning indicates that a tornado is occurring somewhere. Adequate shelter should be taken to avoid the dangerous effects of tornadoes.
- Nature’s Most Violent Storm: A description of Tornadoes, the causes, how they form, myths, facts and how dangerous they can be.
- How To Be Safe From Tornadoes: A list of tips for families to do before and during a tornado
- Tornado Safety: The site includes what to do when tornado is likely to occur when you are at home or out of home.
- Summary Of Tornado Safety Rules: This page contains more than ten rules and guidelines to be safe from tornadoes.
- Safety Tips: A resource from the Lincoln University. The page also has a list of sites that give adequate weather reports.
- How A Tornado Forms: Discover the kind of hurricanes that takes place before a tornado.
- Tornado Alley: This page is very descriptive. It contains information on how tornadoes form.
A blizzard is a snow storm that comes with high winds and it causes very poor visibility. Blizzards can bring areas to a complete standstill, as they are known to cause white out conditions. This is especially true for places where a large snowfall is rare. It is recommended that people do not travel during blizzards due to poor visibility.
- Blizzards: What does blizzard mean? Where do they occur? What are advance warnings for blizzard? Find the answers through the links on this page.
- What Is A Blizzard?: Find out what a blizzard is and what makes it dangerous.
- Blizzard Tips: This page contains top ten things to do to be safe from blizzards.
- Storms and Weather: This contains a list of dangerous storms including blizzards.
- Questions On Blizzards: Find out famous blizzards in the US and the kind of storm that can be classified as a blizzard.