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Hurricane Storm Science by Miami Museum of Science
Interactive Web site with information about hurricanes. Students can learn about other children’s experiences during hurricanes, how hurricanes form and hurricane tracking. Includes a printable teacher’s guide and activities kids can use to better understand hurricanes.

Canadian Hurricane Centre
Easy-to-understand hurricane information for young people. Simple description of what hurricanes are, how they form, names and impacts, with some interactive graphics.

LACoast for Kids
Coloring books, wetlands information, animal and bird identification, and map activities.

Create a Cane
Create a hurricane by making choices of all of the conditions necessary for one to form.

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Hurricane Information and Resources

Geographic Impact of Hurricanes
The following video presents a hurricane mapping activity designed to show the geographic reach of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The three and a half minute video shows how the relative area affected by the two hurricanes could impact other parts of the country if they were struck by a similar natural disaster.

Forces of Nature: Hurricanes
This interactive site has animated graphics and describes what a hurricane is, how it forms, its characteristics, the effects, hurricane prediction and more. Includes simulations of historic hurricane paths, case studies and a resources page.

Earth Observatory: Hurricanes – the Greatest Storms on Earth
Detailed background and graphics on the science of hurricanes.

Canadian Hurricane Centre
Explains dynamics of hurricanes in separate sections for adults and children.
Focuses on hurricanes in the northeast.

NOAA Hurricanes
This site has links to weather watchers, warnings and forecasts, preparedness guides, images and related organizations.

National Hurricane Center
Access the latest storm news and data, including satellite imagery, hurricane awareness information and historical information.

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory: Hurricane Research Center
Detailed answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones. Site also accessible in Spanish and French.

Hurricane Hunters
Hurricane Hunters fly into storms to gather data. This site has some great images taken inside hurricanes.

Sea Grant Natural Hazards Theme Team
Sea Grant clearing house for Hurricane Katrina and other natural hazards.

Hurricane and Storm Tracking for the Atlantic and Pacific
This site features data on current storms for tracking hurricanes and learning about tropical storms that can become hurricanes. It has links to images, data and previous hurricanes.

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Activities and Lessons for Teachers

Facing Fear
K-12 curriculum developed by the American Red Cross to help young people deal with natural disasters, terrorism and other tragic events. Entire curriculum, lesson plans and worksheets are downloadable.

The Bridge
Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center hurricane related activities.

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Estuary Live! 2003
Seven short activities/lessons on hurricanes, levees, flooding and imagery in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary.

Handle a Hurricane (Teachers Lounge)
Students role play the mayor of Pensacola Beach, Florida. Hurricane Opal is threatening the coast. Students review basic information about hurricanes, read actual news reports about the storm, take various positions on and make decisions about evacuation and develop a press release.

Gulf of Maine Aquarium
Several lessons about hurricanes with a focus on Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Fran.

Hurricane Strike! Hurricane Science and Safety for Students
Based on National Standards, this hurricane learning package dovetails with the American Red Cross “Masters of Disasters.” Students become virtual house guests with a family who faces a hurricane. Students are introduced to basic concepts of atmospheric science, climate and geography, while learning important safety and preparedness skills.

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Twenty-nine short, one-page lessons addressing issues and using data from the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary.

Masters of Disaster Activities (American Red Cross)
Standards-based curriculum that teaches disaster safety. Lesson plans covering math, science, social studies and language arts on hazard preparedness, hurricanes, flooding, tornados, lightning and earthquakes for K-8 students. Order from your local Red Cross.

Eye of the Hurricane (National Geographic)
Introduces students to the structure of hurricane with special emphasis on the eye.

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Data and Research

The Tropical Meteorology Project, University of Colorado
Tropical storm forecasting predicts the number and intensity of hurricanes in the Atlantic basin every year. Site includes monthly forecasts and comparisons with past conditions.

Earthscan Laboratory, Louisiana State University
View recent and archived satellite imagery of the Gulf of Mexico, hurricane summaries, animation of images of hurricanes and current conditions in the Gulf.

WAVCIS –Wave-Current-Surge Information System for Coastal Louisiana
Provides wave information, including height, period, direction of propagation, water level, surge, near-surface current speed and direction and meteorological conditions, on a real-time basis around the entire Louisiana coast.

LSU Hurricane Center
Focuses on hurricanes and their impacts on the natural, built and human environments and assists state and federal agencies in solving hurricane-related problems. Links to hurricane-related topics.

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Hurricane Images

National Wetlands Research Center
Aerial photos of barrier islands and shorelines after Hurricane Katrina with links to damages from previous hurricanes.

Image catalogue of hurricanes
Satellite imagery of hurricanes.

U.S. Geological Survey, Hurricane and Extreme Storm Impact Studies
Aerial photography, lidar and video of eight major storm events, including hurricanes. Site contains images of coastal change and hazards before and after severe events and documentation of several hurricanes.

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Hurricane Katrina

NOAA, National Geodetic Survey
Aerial photos of Hurricane Katrina impact area in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi on Aug. 30-31, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Hurricane Katrina Special Feature
National Wetlands Center hurricane images and other response to Katrina.

Global Security
Sharp aerial and satellite photos and maps of areas pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina. Includes images from New Orleans, Biloxi and Pascagoula.

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Impact on Louisiana Wetlands and New Orleans

American Radioworks
Nature’s Revenge: Louisiana’s Vanishing Wetlands by Daniel Zwerdling
September 2002. National Public Radio documentary about Louisiana wetlands loss, restoration efforts and the risk of hurricanes to New Orleans.

“Drowning New Orleans,” Scientific American Oct. 1, 2004
Mark Fischetti writes about the threat of hurricanes to New Orleans and visits Louisiana scientists working on the problem.

The Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Task Force Web site. This site contains information, articles, newsletters and links relating to wetlands and coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana. Watermarks features articles on Louisiana wetlands and coastal restoration

Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA), Louisiana Ecosystem Restoration
This site includes history and statistics on the coastal area, land change maps and a link to the LCA draft plan.

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Hurricane Recovery

Hurricane Recovery Resources
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program FAQs on the damage and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Topics include economy, fisheries, seafood, water quality, wetlands and barrier islands, oil and gas, ports, flooding and rebuilding.

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