Hurricane Features

Location A: This is known as the Eye or the center of the Hurricane/Typhoon/Cyclone. This region is highlighted by the potential for calm winds and also the fact that it’s possible to see the sun or moon during the night. It also gives people false sense that the storm may be done, when in fact it is only at the half way point.

Location B: This region is known as feeder bands that outline the center of the storm. In this region you will see very strong winds and also tornadoes and heavy precipitation. Depending on how strong the storm is will determine how many feeder bands you could see.

Location C: This is probably the most dangerous part of the storm. The right front quadrant of the storm is where you will see the strongest winds and also the largest amount of tornadoes. This region also provides storm surge which is the increase in ocean waters that can push on shore. If you recall in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast the storm surge was in excess of 25ft.

Location D:  This region is known as the inflow boundary. This is like the motor of the storm as this part of the storm is where all the winds and seas are sent in towards the center of the storm. If you are on a ship traveling the high seas during a storm this is another region you want to avoid as it holds a high potential for damage and if the ship breaks down this could turn into a tragedy really fast.

Location E: This is the highest clouds in this storm image. These thunderstorm clouds, also known as Cumulus-nimbus clouds, can extend very high into the atmosphere. In some instances when these clouds get to a certain height in the atmosphere they can be known as “Hot Towers”. This is an indication that the storm is going through rapid intensification and one can expect the storm to only get stronger than its present status.