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Hurricanes -- Study and teaching



First, the National Weather Service addresses the work of the National Hurricane Center "to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, and by increasing understanding of these hazards" (1). At this vast website, users can find satellite imagery, current and archived advisories,...
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma

The web has facilitated the creation of a number of historical archives dealing with relatively recent events, including such notable efforts as those designed to preserve oral histories of September 11th. Another project of note is the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, developed and maintained by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media and the University of New Orleans. With...
Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Katrina

Over the past few months, a number of government agencies have worked diligently to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina, often working in tandem with other units of government throughout the region. One agency that is working to assess the marine environmental impacts of Katrina is the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The site is fairly simple to navigate, as it...
Predicting and Tracking Hurricanes

Sandy, Katrina, and Ida are common first names in the United States. However, due to recent events, readers may associate these names with something else: hurricanes. These dangerous weather phenomena hold the potential to destroy communities and livelihoods, and understanding hurricanes and how they form is vital to predicting and tracking these storms to ensure public safety. This teaching...