Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~John Ruskin

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Wrap-Up of Isaac's Storm

Now that we have finished reading the interesting yet sad story of the Galveston hurricane and its victims, what are your final impressions?  Was there something in the story that surprised you, shocked you, or made you wonder?  Did you learn anything new about what life in 1900 was like, and/or how far weather forecasting has come in the last 100 years?  How did the personal stories of the victims and survivors make you feel?  As always, please carefully proofread your well-written comment.

The Blizzard of 1993 a.k.a The Superstorm

The Blizzard of 1993 was also known as The Superstorm because it did not just consist of heavy snowfall. Personally this has to be one of the more interesting storms I have ever heard of. What made me choose this topic was my imagination. As I was looking through storms to do my presentation on I came across this Blizzard and I just imagined twenty inches of snow outside of my house, or even standing in it. But the craziest part about this storm to me was where it happened. Large amounts of snow fall in Tennessee and Alabama, which made me think I'm going to the south to continue my education because of the warm weather and different environment.But they could potentially get weather like this too!

Friday, December 13, 2013

As we know a typhoon is our hurricane; Typhoon Haiyan which is also know by the locals by Typhoon Yolanda was a storm that did damage and left the Philippines in a horrible sight to man. This hurricane would be categorized as a category 5 hurricane because of its highspeed winds. As Haiyan encountered the Philippine soil the winds were at 196 mph, Haiyan killed 5,969 souls and caused  30.6 million pesos which is $700,000 to us in damage.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Galveston Hurricane

A hurricane is a rapidly‑rotating storm system characterized by a low‑pressure center, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900s was the deadliest hurricane to ever hit the U.S.. On September 8, 1900, a category 4 hurricane ran through Galveston, Texas, killing an estimated 6,00 to 8,000 people. A fifteen foot storm surge flooded the city, numerous houses and buildings were destroyed. The Galveston Hurricane had winds of up to 145 mph. Hurricane Galveston began as a tropical storm in the central Atlantic on August 27th and followed a path south of Hispaniola. It intesfied over time and as it passed Key West, Florida on September 6th, it became hurricane. Dr. Isaac Cline, who was a meteorologist predicted the storm coming into Galveston and a heavy loss of life, but no one believed him. Before the Hurricane arrived to Galveston it was a very nice, calm day. 48 people took refuge in his house. thirty-two of the 48, including his wife, drowned in the storm surge.  An estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people lost their lives in the storm, most in Galveston. The symbol of The Galveston Hurricane was the orphange. 90 orphans lost thier lives, only 3 of them survived out of 93 orphans. The Galveston Hurricane brought forth a damage of 32 million dollars, which is approximately 1 billion dollars in todays money. The Galveston Hurricane is still to this day, the deadliest hurricane to hit America.

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike was a very devastating hurricane which occurred in 2008. This hurricane caused many problems for people in different countries. A hurricane is a very violent storm with high winds that are classified to be seventy-five miles per hour or more. Hurricanes have a diameter of about five hundred miles, which is very huge and covers large parts of land. Most of the activity happens on the outside of the hurricane which has severe winds and very heavy rain. Most of the destruction happens from there. Hurricane Ike was first a tropical wave off the coast of West Africa around August 29th. A couple days have gone by and the wave had traveled westward which began to grow. By the night of September 3rd till the morning of September 4th the hurricane had gotten stronger and had winds reaching up to 145 miles per hour. It was characterized as a category four hurricane. It had hit the countries of Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and United States. Although Hurricane Ike only touched down on United States soil on September 13, 2008, it caused a whole of tragedies. Houses were ripped apart, flooding all over, crops were spoiled, and just a image that you can never forget. Throughout the hurricane, it caused one hundred deaths but only twenty in the United States. Sadly, a least twenty-five people were missing. The amount of money that was needed for revenue had been tremendous. Over 26 billion dollars worth of repairs was needed. Many families were left with nothing and the sad part about it was nothing could be done to gain everything back. If you think tropical storm sandy was bad, just imagine it to be three times more powerful and devastating. That is really the best way to describe Hurricane Ike. A hurricane is something that no one wants to go through.