Are You Ready For Hurricane Season? 55 Random Facts About Hurricanes (part 3)
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55 Random Facts About Hurricanes
40. The Southern Hemisphere typically experiences about half the number of hurricanes as the Northern Hemisphere each year.b
41. Project Stormfury was an organization that tried to control hurricanes by seeding them with silver iodide, which would cool the hurricanes. However, the project had little success, and most scientists now have abandoned the idea of controlling hurricanes.a
42. Hurricane Andrew’s (1992) outer rain bands extended 100 miles from the center. In contrast, Hurricane Gilbert’s (1988) stretched over 500 miles.d
43. Hurricanes can last for weeks, but most hurricanes typically last approximately 10 days.d
44. During the 20th century, 158 hurricanes of all categories hit the U.S. Most hurricanes hit Florida (57), with Texas coming in second with 26. Louisiana and North Carolina each had 25.d
45. Thirty-six of the 64 major hurricanes (Categories 3-5) that hit the U.S. in the 20th century struck in September. August was the second busiest month, with 15.d
46. The Atlantic hurricane season typically lasts from June 1 to November 30, though most hurricanes form during the fall. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season is from May 15 to November 30.g
47. A hurricane warning is issued when a hurricane is expected to arrive within 24 hours. A hurricane watch is issued when the storm is 24-36 hours away.g
48. The years 2000-2009 have seen the most Category 5 hurricanes, with eight. These include Isabelle (2003), Ivan (2004), Emily (2005), Katrina (2005), Rita (2005), Wilma (2005), Dean (2007), and Felix (2007).d
49. Earthquakes outnumber hurricanes. According to NASA, approximately 85 hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones occur worldwide each year. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year, with 100,000 strong enough to be felt and 100 of them strong enough to cause damage.d
50. No hurricane is on record as ever hitting the United State’s West Coast.
51. No hurricane is on record as ever hitting the U.S. Pacific Coast. Hurricanes have, however, hit the West Coast of Mexico.
52. The number of Atlantic hurricanes is increasing. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, for example, was the worst on record. Some scientists think the rise in hurricanes is due to a natural cycle: hurricanes are rare for the first 30 to 60 years of the cycle and then they become more common for the next 30 to 60. Other scientists blame global warming.53. Anyone can check to see if his or her name is on the latest list of hurricane names at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml.
54. Hurricane/Typhoon John lasted 31 days in 1994, which is longer than any other hurricane in history. It was both a hurricane and a typhoon because it passed through both eastern and western parts of the Pacific Ocean.
55. It is a common misconception that opening all the windows in a house during a hurricane will equalize the pressure in the house so the windows won’t explode. Experts argue, however, that opening the windows will only weaken the house by allowing more wind, rain, and debris to fly in.