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Introduction to Texas Hurricanes

Oney Fitzpatrick, Jim Jordan, and Jim Westgate - Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

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In this activity, students are asked to graph data about some 20th century hurricanes that hit the Texas coastline. For each graph, they are asked several questions about any apparent correlation between the different variables. There are also some summative questions asking students to draw overarching conclusions from their graphs and their answers to previous questions.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This activity is appropriate for an introductory college geoscience class. It is also applicable to earth science classes at the high school level.

Teaching Materials

Introduction to Texas Hurricanes (Acrobat (PDF) 87kB May5 04): This file provides directions for the activity as well as the data that students will need to graph and the questiosn they are expected to be able to answer based on their graphs.


Students must make several graphs and answer questions based on their results. These products may be assessed for completeness and accuracy.

References and Resources

Bomar, G. (1995), Texas Weather, University of Texas Press.

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Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative, Hazards
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, High School (9-12)
Quantitative Skills: Graphs
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Atmosphere:Weather, Atmosphere
Topics: Atmosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather

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