Hurricane Formation - Weather Conditions

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For a hurricane to form, weather conditions have to be just right.  Those conditions are depicted in this drawing.

One major item a storm needs, to become a hurricane, is fuel.  Warm water - in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico - provides that fuel if the water temperature is at least 80 degrees (26.5 C) to a depth of 150 feet (50 meters).

A storm surge can become a very dangerous component of hurricanes.  The people of Galveston were impacted by a massive storm surge during the Great Storm of 1900.


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Drawing of weather conditions, conducive to hurricane-formation, online courtesy NOAA.


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