Graphical presentation explaining the formation of tropical storms. Satellite images and a map of the track of Hurricane Mitch are also included. There is also news footage of the effects of the storm.
- This clip is from:
- First broadcast:
- 23 January 2008
The sequence of events which leads to the formation of a hurricane are clearly demonstrated and lend themselves to an ordering task. This could be a card-sort exercise where statements are sequenced from sea surface temperatures reaching 27 degrees through to a fully developed category 5 hurricane. Or, maybe a game of 'dominoes', with each domino leading to the next stage in the sequence. For example, Domino 1 would have 'sea temperatures reach 27 oC’ and ‘warm air rises creating low pressure'. Domino 2 would be 'warm air rises creating low pressure' and 'rising air spirals due to the spin of the Earth'. Domino 3 would be 'rising air spirals due to the spin of the Earth' and 'winds become stronger - a tropical depression forms'. Continue the sequence until you reach 'Hurricane Mitch reaches category 5 with winds of 178 mph'. This activity could be followed by a spider diagram showing the impacts of Hurricane Mitch on Honduras, covering the effects on crops, houses, power, and the impact of storm surges and landslides.