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Hurricanes are an environmental disaster People in hurricane-proneregions most want to know when and where the next hurricane will makelandfall and just how powerful the storms will be when they do hit For themost accurate warning possible people rely on the meteorologists Still afew tenacious problems remain like that forecasters cannot always predictweather nor how much a hurricane will intensify before it hits land Thats aproblem for people in the path of a storm who need to know if its enoughjust to nail plywood across the windows or if they should leave townaltogether The need for better hurricane forecasting will become moreurgent now as well as in the future to come It will not take more than ahandful of major hurricanes striking land on the crowded and denselydeveloped US East Coast to cause damage in the tens of billions ofdollars Forecasters rely on trends in the global climate that coincide withthe ups and downs of Atlantic hurricane activity One predictor the warming of the equatorial Pacific disruptsweather across much of the globe Shifts in air circulation disrupt thevertical circulation in Tropical storms which prevent them from growinginto hurricanes Scientists are sure that Atlantic hurricanes assemble overAfrica The collision of hot dry air over the Sahara Desert including warmmoist air from the equatorial jungle will give birth The collision will causedisturbances in the atmosphere called Hurricane Seedlings Each seasonthere is about 60 seedlings blown west into the Tropical Atlantic by thetrade winds At first Seedlings are nothing more than clusters ofthunderstorms but in an average year nine will evolve into named tropicalstorms and about six become hurricanesOn their way across the ocean seedlings feed on the heat in warmsurface water Pressure in the center of a disturbance falls as the air inside itgrows warmer and lighter The hurricane then gains spin due to the earthsrotation Due to earths gravity pull storms revolve counterclockwise in theNorthern Hemisphere When the disturbance closes in on itself and becomesa discrete
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