Air Pressure and Tropical Storms
Trees blowing during a hurricane

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: K-8
Year: 2002


This video segment explores how hurricanes develop. The segment is part of the NASA SCIFiles program, which features the Tree House Detectives, a group of young students who work together to solve everyday problems. In this segment, the detectives learn that high and low pressure systems are caused by the uneven heating of Earth's surfaces. An animation shows how low pressure regions over the ocean gather heat and become stronger, creating areas of rising and sinking air. There is also a discussion about where the hurricane's strongest winds are located and when hurricane season takes place.

Air Pressure and Tropical Storms
Duration: 3 minutes 19 seconds
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This video clip is part of the NASA SCIence Files™ The Case of the Phenomenal Weather DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

Other video learning clips in this series:
Learning About Clouds and How They Are Formed
Experiencing the Energy of Hurricane Force Winds
Can the Size of Tropical Storms Be Predicted?
Hurricane Hunters: The Work of Weather Reconnaissance
Hurricane Andrew Survivors Describe Their Experience
Predicting the Probability of Tornadoes and Hurricanes
How Weather Data Is Collected
Dr. Textbook Explains the History of Hurricane Research
How Scientists Predict Hurricanes Today