National Geographic : 1993 Apr
Geoguide Hurricanes * Circular storms with strong winds like Andrew's have differ ent names around the world: hurricane, typhoon, cyclone. Where does each occur? An encyclopedia will help you find the answers. * Hurricanes draw their strength from warm, moist air. Where do these pow erful storms form? * In the North Atlan tic the hurricane sea son is June through November. Why do hurricanes usually occur there at this time of year? *Hurricane Andrew's most destructive area surrounded the eye, or center, visible in the satellite picture above. But heavy rain and dan gerous wind covered a much wider area-extending an aver age of a hundred miles from the eye. To get an idea of how large an area would have been affected by Andrew, look at a road map of your own region and use the scale to measure a piece of string equal to a hun dred miles. Hold one end of the string on your hometown and the other end against a pencil. Swing the pencil around your town so that it draws a circle showing the area of danger. A SATELLITE 520 MILES OVER HEAD SHOWS HURRICANE ANDREW (ABOVE) AS IT RAGES ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA. BENEATH THE SWIRLING CLOUDS, GUSTS UP TO 175 MILES AN HOUR FLATTEN TREES AND LEVEL HOUSES. YELLOW DOTS SHOW THE SHORELINES OF FLORIDA, CUBA, AND THE BAHAMAS. A RED CROSS MARKS THE LANDFALL OF THE EYEWALL, THE MOST DAN GEROUS PART OF A HURRICANE. IN LOUISIANA (LEFT) JESSIE CURTIS AND HER CHILDREN VIEW THE PIECES OF THEIR HOME LEFT IN ANDREW'S WAKE. USE THE GEOGUIDE PAGE ALONG WITH THE ARTICLE "ANDREW AFTERMATH" IN THIS ISSUE TO HELP CAPTURE THE INTEREST OF YOUNG READERS AND STIMULATE DISCUSSION WITH THEM. GEOGUIDE IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.