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How Much Do You Know About Hurricanes?

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How Much Do You Know About Hurricanes?
  • Throughout history, hurricanes have sunk more ships than all wars combined.
  • Surface ocean water temperature must be at least 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit for a hurricane to form.
  • The North Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30, but hurricanes have been recorded in nearly every month of the year except February and April.
  • The 1926 hurricane that nearly destroyed Miami and Miami Beach was one of eight hurricanes that year. The University of Miami Hurricanes gained their nickname from this storm.
  • The average life of an Atlantic hurricane is nine days.
  • Hurricanes have hit or brushed the Florida coast no fewer than 58 times in the last 100 years. The 2005 season produced 28 named storms, the most since 1851 and eight more than the second busiest season of 1933.
  • The energy released in an average hurricane (Category 2) is equivalent to the energy of a half-million atomic bombs.
  • Hurricane swells and waves travel 1,000 to 2,000 miles ahead of an approaching hurricane.
  • 1890 was the only year that the U.S. was not subjected to a tropical storm or hurricane.

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