This must surely be one of the most interesting
weather events possible.
So long as one is not the objectof
the hurricanes' attention...
Hurricanes occur during the summer months
of their respective hemisphere(northern, southern).
They do not spawn in cold water areas. This
eliminates about 3/4 of all the oceans surface. A hurricane spawned over
warm water, that encounters cold water or land, will die out. Not necessarily
June to November in the Northern hemisphere.
December to May in the Southern.
Sometimes all year near Japan, western Pacific.
When it dies it may not disappear.
Rather, it can lose it's hurricane form(closed revolving circulation),
and become an "extra-tropical storm". This means it has warm air and cold
air. The fury of one of these things can rival the power of a serious
At sea, a hurricane can form right over
your head. In which case a satellite picture will confirm your fears, but
may not show you the way out.
Hurricane Areas - Northern Hemisphere
North Atlantic west of Africa
Gulf of Mexico
Pacific Ocean west of Central & Southern
East and West of the Indian Sub-Continent
From Central Japan south to about 5 degrees
Hurricane Areas - Southern Hemisphere
North coasts of Australia from 5 south to
about 30 south and east as far as Tahiti.
East of Madagascar.
Hurricanes rarely cross the
equator or come within 5 degrees of it.
Hurricanes are too dangerous to be around,
in small craft or anything much less than 400 feet. Maybe, 1000 feet? Fast
powerboats can be run in hurricane country in season, if you have good
weather info. Otherwise, forget it.
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