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Severe Weather Hazards

Severe Weather Hazards

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Published by: Jeff Levine on Mar 15, 2012
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Severe Weather Hazards: 75% of damages and deaths come from this What drives weather on Earth?

o Heat or Temperature o Humidity o Water Top 10 Reasons Water is cool: o Bipolar:  Has a slight positive charge on one side and slightly negative charge on the other side  Powerful weather-er of rocks; Pulls everything apart o Universal Solvent (highest of all substance known to humans)  Keeps things in solution  Highest dielectric constant o Highest latent heat of vaporization (latent=hidden)  600 calories of energy to make water evaporate  Of all liquids highest heat needed to vaporize it o Highest latent heat of fusion (fusion=join together)  Highest amount of all substances must be removed from water to take it from liquid to a solid  80 calories per gram  Ice to liquid or liquid to ice o Exists in three phases on earth  Solid, liquid, gas o Solid less dense than liquid  o Highest heat capacity (of all liquids except ammonia)  Ability to store energy o Highest surface tension  Ability for animals to walk on water o Higher heat conduction  Water conducts heat better than air does  Water will equalize out with the other water  Water pulls the heat away from the human body o The reasons life is possible The sun o A lot of energy to get the water cycle to run Why is it cold at the poles and hot at the equator? o Sun shines directly as large circle on equator o As it moves to the poles it simply rises and the circle flattens and spreads out; not as concentrated on the poles



037 mph at the equator. air expands becomes less dense. from the south its warm o More thunderstorms in Florida. 30-60. anything below is warm o If air comes ocean its wet.o 40 degrees north to 40 degrees south. if not its dry o If air comes from north its cold. rises. 60-90  0-30: Harley Cell  30-60: Ferrell Cell  60-90: Polar Cell o Middle cell inside out cell – Ferrell Cell Adiabatic Process: temperature change w/o heat change o Warm air rises -> Cold air loses temperature without losing heat -> Contracts. lies near surface o Interaction makes “jet stream” o Belt of winds 1000 km wide flows 120-300 mph o Changes seasonally (over Canada in summer and US in winter) o Anything above jet stream is cold. warms -> process repeats Jet Stream: o Pressure gradient over polar from very steep o This is where most severe weather happens o Reason interesting weather occurs o Different amounts of humidity and temperature o Air rushes extremely fast from top of atmosphere to the bottom  Due to temperature differences o Tropical atmosphere absorbs heat. specifically Tampa than anywhere else When air masses meet: o These are fronts o Cold front: Cold air under warm air = Thunderstorms o Warm front: Warm air under cold air = Clouds and rain (more gentle system) o Occluded Front: Fast moving cold overtakes a warm front and lifts the base of the warm front = Widespread rain - - - . forms thick mass o Polar air cold. more heat is coming than is leaving o Earth is spinning 1. as you go up more it spins at a lesser rate o Spinning out from under the convection cells Coriolis Effect: the earth is spinning o Spinning out from under this airborne objects. spins clockwise in the atmosphere and forces objects flying to move up and to the right o 6 Cells: 3 in the northern atmosphere. 3 in southern atmosphere  0-30.

moist air absorbs enough heat to be much less dense than surrounding air .Thunderstorms happen in the summer do not happen all year long . precipitation (ppt) begins . which sets the thunderstorm spinning . the most happen in Florida Tornado: .Charge difference build in clouds .Cumulus Stage: . atmosphere explosively warmed.Dissipating Stage: Heat is released and further released by lighting is gone. liquid to solid will release more heat Stages: .Updrafts and downdrafts form Water going from vapor to liquid releases heat. rises higher .Smallest number happen in the pacific-northwest. relases heat.Warm air rises HIGH.A cold-front (Super-cell: giant cold front as big as 7 or 8 miles high) interacts with the jet stream. become too heavy. Positive particles move to top of cloud and negative move to bottom o Air is insulator so particles build up until pockets cannot stay and equalize out which causes lightning o Induced positive and negative particles will grow beneath the cloud on the ground – equalize out from the ground up . light though travels much faster than sound Hail: Ice is kept up so long it gets bigger and bigger - . causes clouds to rise.It’s a normal thunderstorm.Latent heat released. but air is moving in one direction at the bottom of the atmosphere and a different direction at the top of the atmosphere .Warm.Due to super-cooled droplets of water shattering and charges separating o Positively and negatively charge particles o Migrate to different parts of the cloud. downdrafts is only thing going on. no more heat left in the cloud (which means no more thunder or lightning) Lightning: .Most violent storms (per unit area: small and concentrated) . THUNDER o Lightning and Thunder are the same thing. condenses into towering clouds. icy cap on top of cloud.Ice crystals form.It becomes a tornado only at the point when it touches down .Thunderstorms: What happens before: .Mature Stage: .

releases heat.Coriolous effect: the earth is spinning .Air expands.- Winds up to 310 mph.In tornado things are being sucked up. precipitaiton forms. Mississippi most deaths per person (per capita) Tornados classified on the Fujita Scale o 0-5 o Wind speed and path length.Warm moist air rapidly rises. circular winds form ocean (Coriolis) rush in and rise . in the eye of the hurricane air sinks down in the eye wall. rises even more (thunderstorm) .Rising air causes chimney.Evaporations of massive amounts of water .Start over tropical oceans. many never touch ground Core of whirling vortex less than 1km wide. causes winds to descend in high pressure region . old people Texas has most deaths. cools. Tornados . move at 62 mph Funnel clouds form from the atmosphere.Classified by Saffir-Simpson Scale (1-5) o Speed and storm surge height o Tropical Depression: low pressure zone where winds converge that have a sustained speed of less than 39 mph  Air is rising like crazy above the water  Winds converge.Massive thunderstorm that starts spinning . water must be 85 degrees or above .Waves: destroy beaches and property .Storm Surge: massive flooding inland . how long the tornado was on the ground Tropical Hurricane: . have sustained speed of 39 mph o Tropical Storm: low pressure zone where winds converge that have a sustained speed of between 40 – 74 mph o Tropical Cyclone: low pressure zone where winds converge that have a sustained speed of >74 mph (Catagories 1-5)  5 is above 155 mph wind speed What causes damage: . create high waves. The eye is very calm part of the storm.Wind: destroys buildings.Creates very low pressure on the surface of the ocean .Warm water in ocean > 80 degrees F . people killed by flying debris. HUGE suction Form from normal thunderstorms 70% of tornados happen in great plains region Who lives in tornados: Babies Who dies the most: People who live in mobile homes. the eye wall has the most energy in the storm .As soon as it hits land it loses its energy source. but it takes awhile for it to lose its energy .

flows downhill. the amount of time it takes depends on soil and velocity Hydrologists: scientists investigating how width.008% Saline lakes o 0. which transports water. no vegetation.- Flooding: High precipitation Landslides: Water saturated slopes may fail Rivers & Flooding: It is a continuation of the Hydrologic Cycle o Looking at what happens on the surface as water runs back into the ocean o 97. depth.001% Stream channels It’s moving water (if not moving it’s not a river).001% Atmosphere o 0. and dissolved substances Basin: one that is drained by a stream system (high point above river Divide: topographic high that divides two basins River Types: o Straight: Uncommon o Braided: tons of sediment.2% Oceans o 2. point bars  Oxbows occur when there are cut banks in the river.005% Soil moisture o 0.009% Freshwater Lakes o 0. we focus on these  Winds back and forth  Fastest on outside curve. particles. faster. and wider the more water the river can carry o The higher the velocity the higher the particle size that can be cornered Sediment Transport: o Saltaton o Holstrom Diagram: How sediment is moved in a river - - - .62% Groundwater o 0.15% Glaciers o 0. cut bank (getting pulled away)  Slowest on inside curve. velocity and discharge are related o The deeper. common on earth before plants evolved (plants anchor sediment hold it together) o Meandering: common. it’s made up of sediment and water Body of water in motion with clearly defined passageway.

what is the discharge in the river:  Q=? V=3ft/sec A=3ftx2ft=6ft^2  So: Q= (3ft/sec)x(3ftx2ft) => 3ft/sec x 6ft^2 => 18ft^3/sec What is a flood? o A flood is when the river stage reaches the floodplain o Water spread out laterally along the landscape o Flood or river flow is shown by Hydrograph (discharge vs. It is flowing at 3 ft per second.     - Particle size Higher the velocity the small the particle sizes Deposition occurs when velocity is low Transport more when the velocity increases Erosion occurs with partially high velocity Water transport: o Streamflow equation: Q = A x V o Q = Discharge = volume of water a river can carry per unit time (ft^3/sec) o V = Velocity = the speed at which the river is flowing (ft/sec) o A = cross-sectional river area (ft^2) o A river is 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. colder the more ice or mineral inability for water to be absorbed)  Type of soil  Slope – greater the slope the less the infiltration Problems associated with flooding: o Fatigue o Depression o Injury o Disease (bacteria. tetanus) o Pests (mosquitoes) o Pollution (chemical releases) o Death Why do people settle on rivers o Fertile soil => to grow food or fish o Aesthetic they look nice o Transportation - - - . time)  Hydrographs change with degree of infiltration  Infiltration: water traveling into the round and becoming part of groundwater (good for purpose of avoiding floods  Infiltration controlled by:  Degree of urbanization  Antecedent soil moisture  Temperature (hotter the more evaporation.

or R) statistical probability that a flood of given magnitude occurs: probability of a 100 year flood o T = Recurrence interval o N = number of years o M = rank o T = (n + 1)/m .o o o o o - Water to drink (Quaban Resvoir) Waste Flushing Energy Recreation River valleys flat and easy to build on We should live by rivers but in order to we need to research and understand them Recurrence Interval (T.

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