Warm ocean waters fuel hurricanes. There was plenty of warm water for Hurricane Katrina to strengthen once it moved into the Gulf of Mexico.
Courtesy of NASA
The 2005 Hurricane Season Is Churning the Atlantic
News story originally written on September 16, 2005
The hurricane season in the North Atlantic is particularly strong this year. And scientists predict that the storms will be getting stronger because of global warming. Follow the links below to find out more.
Windows to the Universe Hurricane Links:
Is a Hurricane?
Are Hurricanes Increasing in Strength and Frequency?
Hurricane science and safety for students
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Learn about Earth and space science, and have fun while doing it! The games
section of our online store
includes a climate change card game
and the Traveling Nitrogen game
You might also be interested in:
A thunderstorm in the tropics can grow into a massive hurricane under certain conditions. Sometimes several tropical thunderstorms are able to organize, rotating around a central area of low pressure....more
How do we know which way a hurricane will go? Forecasters track hurricane movements and predict where the storms will travel as well as when and where they will reach land. While each storm will make its...more
When a hurricane or other tropical storm approaches a coastline, sea level can temporarily rise as much as 20 or 30 feet higher than normal. This is called storm surge. The rising water may totally submerge...more
For the first time ever a living giant squid has been photographed in its deep ocean habitat! Japanese scientists found and photographed the squid at about 3000 feet (900 meters) below the surface of the...more
Astronomers have identified another exoplanet, that is, a planet outside our solar system. This makes a total of 102 exoplanets that have so far been found by astronomers! The astronomers that identified...more
Thanks to a couple of telescopes, everyone on the internet can browse through almost 2 million images. Stars throughout the sky were photographed by the Two-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) and are now available...more
Earth may look perfectly spherical from space, like a giant marble, but it actually isn't! Since the first satellites were launched, scientists realized that Earth is not a sphere. Instead, our planet...more
Scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder found evidence supporting a theory that salt is present on Io. Io is one of Jupiter's many moons. Recent observations from the National Science Foundation's...more