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Hurricanes are nature's engines of death and destruction, the costliest natural disaster on earth. Explains how and where hurricanes formed; uses live footage to show the forces of wind, weather, and storm surge, and the damage they can do. Compares current information with historical knowledge and notes how forecasting has greatly improved. Explores how meteorologists work to understand and predict these brutal storms.

Hurricane Sleuth

When Geologist Jeff Donnelly of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) hunts for hurricanes, he does it safely at ground level, or just slightly below. He is even able to do it without having to encounter so much as a drop of rain or a gust of wind. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Donnelly leads a team that studies long term global hurricane patterns. They’ve unearthed some interesting findings about past hurricane activity which might provide a hint about what to expect in the future.

Hurricane, the Anatomy

Many begin as harmless breezes from Northern Africa, but they gain energy from the warm seawater as they move westward. As they build in strength, they develop the unmistakable characteristics of hurricanes. This three-part series places crews in the path of hurricanes as they make landfall. They witness the devastation wreaked by one of the most powerful forces on earth.

Science Video Vocab: Hurricane

Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. For this particular video, students will focus on the conditions needed for hurricanes to form as well as the hazards they pose. Part of the Science Video Vocab series.

Science Video Vocab: Hurricane (Spanish)

Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams, graphics, and labels. For this particular video, students will focus on the conditions needed for hurricanes to form as well as the hazards they pose. Part of the Science Video Vocab series.

Dropsondes: Work Horses In Hurricane Forecasting

Inside a cylinder that is about the size of a roll of paper towels lives a circuit board filled with sensors. It's called a dropsonde, or “sonde” for short. As the sonde falls through the air after being dropped for an airplane, its sensors gather data about the atmosphere. Dropsondes have a huge impact on understanding hurricanes and the ability to predict hurricanes. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

NOAA Ocean Today: The Hurricane Hunters

A hurricane hunter is a pilot that flies an airplane into the middle of a hurricane. They gather data on temperature, humidity, and air pressure. This data is critical for forecasting the intensity and path of hurricanes. Part of the "NOAA Ocean Today" series.

On The Road To Resiliency: Researchers Map Hurricane Sandy Impact In New York City

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest of the 2012 hurricane season and was the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history. University of Washington civil engineer Dorothy Reed and her team received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how Hurricane Sandy affected the infrastructure of the New York Metropolitan area, including the power and transit systems. Reed and her team area creating highly detailed maps to construct a comprehensive street-by-street view of Sandy’s devastation.

ManMade Wall Of Wind Creates Hurricane Force Winds To Test Construction

A Category 5 hurricane is a monster of a storm that most people would want to avoid. But, Civil Engineer Arindam Chowdhury actually recreates those monster hurricane force winds in hopes of helping people better prepare for the real thing. With support from the National Science Foundation, Chowdhury and his team at Florida International University and the International Hurricane Research Center designed a 15 foot tall Wall of Wind (WOW). The goal is to see if low rise structures and building materials can withstand the same wind forces they would face in a full-blown hurricane. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

Predicting the Unpredictable

Episode one explores what hurricanes are, how they are formed, and how the specialists try to predict whether the next storm will blow over or blow the roof off. Featuring interviews with some of the world’s leading hurricane experts, this episode looks at the latest theories and the most advanced technologies that are being used to hone the forecasts. While a fearless team of Hurricane Hunter pilots flies into the eye of each approaching storm, their data is supplemented by information from satellites, drones, and even fish. Part of "Hurricane, the Anatomy" series.

Winds of Change

For millennia, hurricanes have threatened the Eastern United States, the Caribbean, and parts of Latin America. But changes to global climate have serious consequences for the future. For example, rising sea-levels mean that storm surge from hurricanes will impact ever further inland. In episode three, specialists discuss why they believe that hurricanes will become less frequent but increasingly powerful. Insight and interviews from leading experts such as Nobel Prize-winning climatologist, Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele, explore the preparations needed to withstand a super storm. Part of the "Hurricane, the Anatomy" series.

Weather Safety

Staying safe in all kinds of weather and avoiding weather-related injuries are the focus of this practical video. Concepts and terminology: lightning, tornado, wind, hurricane, and safe shelter.

When Disaster Strikes: The Community Response To Deaf And Hard Of Hearing People

In the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd, a North Carolina community realizes the necessity of communicating with deaf and hard of hearing persons in disastrous situations. Includes an introduction for emergency workers and others to deaf culture, information on captioning TV emergency warnings and strategies for effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing persons in these situations. Features members of the deaf community sharing terrifying experiences from Hurricane Floyd.

Core Meteorology

Meteorology was once the simple study of atmospheric events like storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and temperature changes. But it has grown to include such disciplines as atmospheric chemistry and physics, climatology, and global warming. This series provides students with the principles of atmospheric dynamics, how they work, and their impact on daily life.

How And Why: Volume 3--Weather

What causes earth's weather? Explains that the sun is the primary source of our changing weather phenomena as it warms the atmosphere and water. Covers weather forecasting, high and low pressure fronts, cloud formations, and the water cycle. Presents weather conditions for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Tsunami Research

It’s called a wavemaker, and its 300 feet long and 12 feet wide. With support from the National Science Foundation, this huge new tool, the largest of its type in the United States, is helping scientists perform large scale studies on the impact of both hurricane and tsunami waves.

Futures With Jaime Escalante: Meteorology

How hard will the winds blow? Where will the lightning strike? Predicting the weather is the science of meteorology. Meets hurricane specialists, tornado trackers, and other people who collect data on weather systems. Not all storms take place on Earth, as space weather scientists explain when they discuss the need to predict huge solar flares. Also features a classroom guest, TV weatherman Spencer Christian.

Measure For Measure: Time And Temperature

Features different systems of measurement and their value to science in five separate segments. Stardust Elements: Looks at the life cycles of stars and explains how the death of a star seeds the universe with all the elements of the periodic table. End of Dinosaurs: Debates several scientific theories about why and how dinosaurs became extinct. Earthly Thermometers: Demonstrates how the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales measure the same thing in different ways and why we need precise measurements of temperature. Frozen in Time: Pieces together the past of a 5,300-year-old man whose body was preserved in ice in the Italian Alps. Hurricanes Take the Heat: Follows researchers who study how hurricanes form and try to predict where the next one will strike.

Families Of Puerto Rico

Follows Jose and Laura, young Puerto Ricans, through a typical day. Jose chronicles his life in a city; Laura narrates her life on a farm. Accompany each child through a typical day from morning wake-up call to breakfast, school, afternoon activities, chores, dinner, and bed. Shows preparing for a hurricane and growing bananas. Shares facts about Puerto Rican history, politics, and ties to the United States.

The Universe: Magnetic Storm

It bursts from the sun with the power of ten thousand nuclear weapons... and when it hits our planet, it could create the largest disaster in recorded history. A magnetic storm from the sun could wipe out electrical power, television, radio, military communication, and nearly every piece of electronics in the Northern Hemisphere. Learn about a planet-wide "hurricane" of magnetic forces called "Solar Katrina" that could permanently scramble all 21st Century technology. What causes this magnetic superstorm and why is it so powerful? And is there anything we can do to prevent the Magnetic Storm?