Lifecycle of a Hurricane
View of a hurricane taken from space

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

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 9-12
Year: 2002


This NASA video segment describes how hurricanes develop. Viewers learn that hurricanes begin as thunderstorms in the ocean off the coast of northern Africa and that these thunderstorms transform into hurricanes if they gain the right altitude. The video also discusses how the jet stream and El Niño affect hurricane formation. The segment includes an Earth Fact about how hurricane names were once selected.

Lifecycle of a Hurricane
Duration: 2 minutes 03 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Our Home: Earth From Space DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
Interconnection of Earth's Systems
The Right Tools: Sensing Earth From Space
Global Effect of El Niño
The Influence of Global Warming on Earth's Systems
Doing Our Part to Prevent Global Warming
The Environmental, Economic and Social Impact of Drought
Linking Earth System Events