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Background InformationHurricanes can also be referred to as tropical cyclones by definition is a rotating organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originate over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed low-level circulationThey can be up to 400 miles wide in diameter giving them the potential to be extremely destructive Due to the Coriolis Effect they rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere Hurricane season typically takes place between the months of June and November with the peak season through mid August to late October however hurricanes have also occurred outside these months as well There are seven tropical cyclone basins on Earth but for the purpose of this paper we are focusing on the east coast of the United States This area is a part of the Atlantic Basin which covers the Atlantic Ocean Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico Hurricanes typically form in warm waters near the equator so in the Atlantic Basin they most commonly form in the Caribbean Sea and the surrounding tropical Atlantic waters as far east at the Cape Verde IslandsEach region on the planet uses different scales to measure the intensity of their hurricanes The Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans follow the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale which classifies them by the wind velocity The scale is as follows5 157 mph4 130-156 mph3 111-129 mph2 96-110 mph1 74-95 mphTropical storm 39-73 mphTropical depression 39 mphFor this evaluation I will be comparing hurricanes Class 3 and above in relation to water temperatures All of my data is from 1995 until todayQuestionHow do hurricanes in the Atlantic affect ocean temperatures on the US east coastDataClass 5 HurricanesEyeGulf of MexicoS FloridaNew York Isabel77738269Ivan82848568Katrina84888672Rita83868371Class 4 HurricanesEyeGulf of MexicoS FloridaNew York Opal75787967Floyd70828571Frances85828671Ike87888770Class 3 HurricanesEyeGulf of MexicoS FloridaNew York Bertha75787967Bonnie70828571Jeanne85828671Sandy87888770Average TemperaturesGulf of MexicoS FloridaNew YorkJune798565July798670August808574September838471October788163November717654InterpretationFor this research topic I have chosen three data collection points the Gulf of Mexico South Florida and New York I chose four
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