42-year-old Zamboni driver, kidney transplant recipient, and practice hockey goalie David Ayres, led the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win after their two pro goalies were injured. Cheered by the opposing team's fans, he was the oldest player ever to make his pro debut in a major sport. tampabay.com/sports/light…
The Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" was written about a real boxer convicted of murder in a racially-biased prosecution, and the popularity of the song and the funds Dylan raised from performing it at benefits (eventually) resulted in the conviction behind vacated and the charges being dropped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
In 1992, a hurricane hit Hawaii where they were filming "Jurassic Park." Spielberg's crew had to be evacuated via helicopter; the pilot, Fred Sorenson, had previously met Spielberg while playing the pilot in the opening scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" reviewjournal.com/news/fa…
In 2006 VH1 ran a fundraiser for Hurricane Katerina where viewers who made donations were able to choose which music videos the station would play. One viewer donated $35,000 and requested continuous play of "99 Luftballons" and "99 Red Ballons" for an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_…
; Palm Trees Withstand Hurricanes because, unlike traditional trees, are not made of wood. "Instead, you'll find a jumble of spongy tissue, scattered instead of arranged" inside a palm. theguardian.com/environme…
Journalist Dan Rather, became famous after his reporting saved thousands of lives during Hurricane Carla in 1961. Rather created the first radar weather report by overlaying a transparent map over a radar image of Hurricane Carla. This then helped initiate the evacuation of 350,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
There is an abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans that closed in 2005 to prepare for Hurricane Katrina. However, the Hurricane has flooded the theme park, causing extreme damages and irreversible repairs which Six Flags called off the lease and the park has never reopened for 15 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Hurricane Walaka's storm surge literally erased East Island in Hawaii off the map en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Hurricane Donna, in 1960, is the only hurricane on record to travel up the whole East Coast of the US, hitting every state along the way from Florida north to Maine. sun-sentinel.com/news/sfl…
There are β€œghost islands” off the coast of Virginia that have been uninhabitable since 1936 as they act as a natural barrier to the coast during hurricane season. They are home to a feral horse population, a NASA flight facility, and the second tallest lighthouse in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
Hours before Hurricane Katrina, three dolphins, Katelin, Cayenne and Jonah, were relocated from the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi to a local Best Western Hotel swimming pool (because the hotel had a higher elevation). cbsnews.com/news/dolphins…
Today I learned about Hooters Air, an airline that was founded by the restaurant chain. It had seven operating planes and seventeen destinations and mainly operated in Myrtle Beach and Florida. It was closed in 2006 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita causing fuel costs to increase, as well as small attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Three cows that were swept off an island in North Carolina during Hurricane Dorian were found alive on a different island. Cape Lookout National Seashore Park officials say they believe the three stranded cows swam up to five miles. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Hurricane Katrina (2005) caused $170 billion in damages. Harvey (2017) caused $131.3 billion in damages. Maria (2017) caused $94.5 billion in damages. Sandy (2012) caused $74.8 billion in damages. Irma (2017) caused $52.5 billion in damages. 3 of the 5 costliest U.S. storms occurred in 2017. thebalance.com/hurricane-…
In 1995, at least 15 green iguanas made an over 200 mile and 3 week journey from the island of Guadeloupe to Anguilla where they are now prominent. They had been clinging onto flotsam consisting of trees uprooted by a series of hurricanes. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Categories for hurricanes as high as "Category 7" have been proposed but are "not necessary" as almost all human structures are obliterated at Category 5 anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
Today I learned of Chinook winds or "snow-eaters". With hurricane-force gusts (~75 mph) they can rapidly raise temps & melt snow. One in South Dakota took things from -4Β°F to 49Β°F in two minutes, got up to 54Β°, then dropped back to -4Β°, all within a half hour. The largest 24-hour change was 103Β°F, in Montana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Hurricane Harvey dumped 33 trillion gallons of water in its impact area, weighing an estimated 275 trillion pounds β€” enough to push down the Earth’s crust and lower the city of Houston by 2 centimeters. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons are all the same thing but named different where they appear. Hurricanes are storms that form in North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific, cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean and typhoons are formed over the Northwest Pacific Ocean. byjus.com/physics/differe…
Hurricanes are formed by the Coriolis effect from the Earths rotation, and, depending on which hemisphere you are in, they will spin either counter clockwise on the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
There are 21 names chosen every year for Atlantic hurricanes. If they run out of names for the year, they will name the remaining storms using the Greek alphabet. obxtoday.com/top-stories/…
1914 had the least active Atlantic hurricane season on record, with only one storm recorded in all year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/191…
The day after British troops set fire to Washington D.C. during the War of 1812, a possible hurricane which spun off into a tornado put out the flames and chased the British back to their ships. It is now known as β€œThe storm that saved Washington” wusa9.com/article/news/lo…
One hundred years ago in 1920, the Atlantic hurricane season produced a total of six tropical cyclones. Five of those cyclones strengthened to tropical storms and four of those strengthened further into hurricanes. None of these strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane. Three people died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192…
Since 1945, a total of six β€œhurricane hunter” aircraft & crews have been lost in service, killing 53 reuters.com/article/us-st…
When Ford was developing their 6.2 V8 engine, it had the internal name "Hurricane". However, following Hurricane Katrina, Ford changed the internal name to "Boss". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The Veery, a small bird in the Thrush family, is better at predicting upcoming Atlantic hurricane seasons than our best meteorological models. audubon.org/news/are-thes…
Hurricanes, typhoons & Cyclones are the exact same phenomenon except the region of the world they're formed & their naming conventions was solely dictated by linguistics bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Hurricanes can collide into a phenomenon called the Fujiwhara Effect. At 900 miles, the two cyclones begin to orbit up until they reach 190 miles of each other, which is the moment when they'll then merge and the two storms turn into a single giant one. weather.gov/news/fujiwhar…
If there are more than 26 hurricanes in the Atlantic hurricane season, storms get named after the Greek alphabet once the English alphabet is exhausted. To date, this has only happened once (in 2005). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
When we run out of hurricane names in a season, any additional hurricanes are named after the letters of the Greek alphabet. nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_h…
The farthest tracked Atlantic tropical storm started near the coast of Africa, gained status of hurricane as it crossed the Atlantic and neared the Caribbean and finally blew itself out 600miles south of the North Pole in the USSR. It traveled 6850 miles and killed 5 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
[] Kristen Stewart was paid $500,000 for a 15-minute date with a Saudi prince which she donated to hurricane Sandy relief charity fund arabianbusiness.com/saudi…
The Cajun Navy is a group of private boat-owning volunteers who help with rescues during hurricanes and flooding in Louisiana and nearby areas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caj…
Particularly destructive named hurricanes will have their names removed from recurring lists for naming storms en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of Pete Goss; A British yachtsman who turned back during the 1996 Vendee Globe race to save a fellow competitor, Raphael Dinelli. Goss sailed into hurricane force winds for two days to reach Dinelli; who was said to have been clutching a bottle of champagne when he was pulled from the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
40% of the deaths during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 were from drowning, mostly from fast rising waters after levee breeches overcame neighborhoods. Most of the deaths were the elderly, with 49% of the fatalities over age 75. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
To measure the intensity of a hurricane, a weather plane can release roughly 30 probes called dropsondes. At $800 each, there are hundreds of thousands of these on the bottom of the ocean. eol.ucar.edu/content/what…
Brad Pitt's foundation built 150 homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, many of which are rotting and structurally unsafe wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_I…
Before there were conventions to use a yearly list of names, hurricanes were often named according to the day they made landfall, using the calendar of saints. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In 1900 A category 4 hurricane was raging through the Bahamas. The advanced weather stations in Cuba tried to inform the US Weather Bureau that it was headed west to Texas. They ignored the Cubans and claimed it was headed north instead. The hurricane hit Texas killing up to 12,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a Celebrity cruise ship rerouted to deliver food, water and aid to survivors in the Bahamas. Kitchen staff made around 10,000 meals & guests volunteered to pack them. nbcnews.com/news/world/af…
Veerys can predict how bad a hurricane season will be more accurately than meteorological models. And they can do it months in advance. blog.nature.org/science/2…
Today I learned of Ray Holmes, the man who saved Buckingham Palace in WW2 by ramming his Hawker Hurricane into a German Dornier bomber after running out of ammunition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
The destruction wrought by hurricanes results in lizards with strong toes, thanks to natural selection smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Of the 120 U.S. deaths attributed to 2005's Hurricane Rita, about 100 of them were Texans who died in the evacuation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
What the Fujiwhara effect is when two hurricane/cyclones converge wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujiwh…
An amateur sign language interpreter signed mostly gibberish in a Hurricane Irma update. Manatee County typically used professionals but instead asked a lifeguard whose brother is deaf. Deaf viewers said he signed "pizza," "monsters," & the phrase: "help you at that time to use bear big." al.com/news/2017/09/sign_…
A species of migratory songbirds can predict hurricane season intensity better than computer models audubon.org/news/are-thes…
Hurricanes do not generally have thunder nor lightning - thunder and lightning are formed by vertical winds that cause water and ice to rub together, and most hurricane winds are horizontal lightningsfety.com/nlsi_i…

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