Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cyclone Lusi

Cyclone Lusi caused some damage to certain parts of New Zealand in the weekend. There was rough, gale force winds, and dark clouds. Luckily, it wasn’t as severe as some storms.

What is a cyclone? A cyclone is a large-scale, atmospheric wind-and-pressure by low pressure at its center and by circular wind, counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.(Source, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cyclone)

What is a cyclone? A cyclone is similar to a tornado, but sometimes deadlier. A cyclone can send gale-force like winds towards anything in it’s path. It can also send storm surges to coasts, and can definitely bring heavy, cold downpours. Sometimes it brings lightning as well.

What happens during a cyclone? There may  landslides, flooding, flying debris, damage to buildings, mudslides, and other dangerous things. Cyclones can be very dangerous. Well known ones like hurricane Katrina, causes many, many deaths. New Zealand certainly was pretty lucky!

At this point you may be wondering, how do we evade it? We can evacuate, but if you stay at home, to prepare you need a torch. There may be power outages. Bring spare batteries as well. Bring a radio set for instructions for what to do. Be sure to have spare food and water as well. Those could be cut off. Sometimes school could be closed. Yes, some people might love that!

Are there different types of cyclones? In some places it’s called a hurricane, in other places it’s called a typhoon, and in other places it’s called a tropical storm. But there is one thing that those storms have in common. They’re all the same! They're just called different in different places.

We can’t change the weather so that hurricanes wouldn’t damage anything. But as we’re learning more and more about them, we can fight back.

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