The Nameless Hurricane

Tony Phillips, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science@NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center

This audio clip reports on a rare hurricane in the South Atlantic that crashed into the coast of Brazil. Weather satellites have been circling Earth for more than 40 years and during that time they have never before spotted hurricanes in the south Atlantic. It was thought that vertical wind shears in the South Atlantic are too strong for hurricanes. People in Brazil were not even sure that it was a hurricane until information from several satellites confirmed it. This site is enhanced by an audio version of the text, photographs, a map, and a remotely sensed image.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science
Special Interest: Hazards
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Topics: Atmosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science