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Tropical Twisters: How Hurricanes Work and What They Do (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
Tropical Twisters explains how hurricanes are created, why they move, and the damage they can do. There is information on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale to rate intensity and destructive power; the wind, storm surge and flood damage due to hurricanes; how scientists use the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission to understand hurricane rainfall; and the Geostationary and Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES I through M) missions. There are also video clips of hurricanes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
QuickTime needed for one of the video clips.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-066
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motions and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Sharron Sample
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, Office of Earth Science, Code Y

Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Earth Science Enterprise