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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

What causes a Hurricane to fall apart?

For a hurricane to form you need a couple of things, a weather disturbance is one and water at the ocean’s surface that is at least 27 degrees Celsius. Hurricanes also form between about 5 and 20 degrees of latitude, hurricanes cannot form on the equator due to the Coriolis force.

Hurricanes can grow to be ferocious storms and upon making landfall can cause catastrophic destruction.

As with all weather systems, there is a beginning to a hurricane and an end, but how do these powerful storms eventually dissipate?

A hurricane's main energy source is warm water. Usually, when a hurricane moves over land it is cut off from its energy and loses strength. The terrain and elevation also cause a hurricane to weaken due to friction.

When a hurricane moves north, it interacts with colder water, since it needs warm water to survive, it loses its energy.

The atmosphere is a three-dimensional puzzle. As a storm moves, there are other movements of air too. If there is strong wind shear it has the potential to inhibit the ability for a storm to grow in size, and in some cases can rip a storm apart.

There are all kinds of weather features on any given day and another threat to a hurricane is being absorbed by an extratropical cyclone. This happens in the mid-latitudes.


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