Natural Disasters


This being my senior project I wanted to look at a topic that I found
interesting. Even though I find most topics in the fields interesting, none
catch my attention better than natural disasters. I have always found disasters
intriguing and have wanted to know more about them. The disaster that I found
most interesting were Hurricanes. The thought of those storms with their power
gives me the chills. Ever since I was in the middle of Hurricane Bob when I was
vacationing with my family off the coast of Virginia and we were asked by the
state police to evacuate our house, I wanted to learn more about hurricanes.
Since that I have been able to take classes that enabled me to learn more about
hurricanes. That is why I have decided to take the focus of my paper towards
hurricanes. Furthermore, I am going to look at the economical affects that
hurricanes have on the United States. There are many reasons why I chose to use
this variable. The main reason is I couldn\'t think of another topic that fit
into e veryone\'s lives and had an effect on everyone.
The hurricane year is broken up into two seasons. They are referred to
as early season and late season. The early season starts June first and runs to
September 10. The late season starts on September 10 and runs to the end of
November. The date of September 10 is the midway point between the two seasons.
This is the date that separates early season from late season. This leads me to
what my research was about. I am writing about the differences between early
season and late season hurricanes and how they effect the variable that were
mentioned earlier in the paper. I feel that late season hurricanes cause more
economic loss than early season hurricanes.
I will start by taking about what a hurricane is and how they are formed.
Then I will discuss where they are formed in relation to the seasons and why in
these places. Next I will talk about the paths that these hurricanes take in
regards to the seasons. Then I will compare storms of each season from different
years starting in 1988 and ending in 1995. Next I will give a brief history
about some of the biggest storms to ever hit and how they compare to the window
of years I researched. The data from all the years storms in terms of loss of
both variables will come next followed by the reasons for this. Finally a
summary will end my research.
The research of my paper will involve storms that form in the Atlantic
Ocean and effect The United States and its neighbors. The main reason that I
have decided to research this part of the world and not look at the rest of the
world is I live in this part of the United States and have been part of one of
these storms. Also the data was much easier to research. Most people think of
the Atlantic when they think of hurricanes.
The first priority is to find out what exactly a hurricane is. A
hurricane comes from the West Indian word hurricane, meaning "big wind" (New
Orleans, weather). A hurricane forms in the tropics around warm water. It starts
as a disorganized storm in the ocean. When it starts to become more organized,
it will be put into the first of three classifications. The classification is
tropical depression. The National Hurricane Center will get a letter to help
classify the storm. When the winds of the storm reach 40mph it will go into the
second classification, tropical depression. The service will give it a name at
this point. The name is pre-determined based on a list that recycles every six
years. The list of names for the next few years are on figure one. A name will
only not appear on the list if it is retired. Finally, if the storm\'s wind reach
70mph, it would be classified as a hurricane. The "eye" of the hurricane is the
center of the storm. This area of the storm is calm with no clouds. Around the
eye the storm goes in a counter-clockwise motion. These walls are the most
dangerous part of the storm. This is where the worst weather is( New Orleans,
Weather). One thing that I remember from class was learning that The Northwest
corner of the storm has the strongest winds while the Southeast corner has the
weakest. The reason is