Top Free Videos on the Birth of Hurricanes

Family safety in a hurricane begins with education. Learn the origin of hurricanes from Africa as scientists track hurricanes across the Atlantic Ocean. Be a part of the action as you look inside of a hurricane thanks to sophisticated satellite technology and animation.

The animation list is perfect for classroom presentations, reports, and teaching. Using video projectors or computer-aided teaching environments can help students to get excited about your science curriculum.

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Hurricane Isabel made landfall on September 18th, 2003 with intense 169 mph winds, but it actually developed almost a month before high over the hills of East Africa and Ethiopia. NASA satellites were there to track the progression on this storm all the way from Africa to North Carolina in this enlightening 3 minute streaming video. More »

The fleet of Earth-monitoring satellites from NASA and NOAA simultaneously track the progression of hurricanes across the Atlantic Ocean. Starting as a wind disturbance, like a ripple in a pond, these massive tropical cyclones can later cause billions of dollars in damages to the Eastern United States and Gulf Coast with flooding, storm surges, and massive winds. Watch this streaming video as satellites “look under the hood” of tropical cyclones to see how the “engine” of a hurricane works. More »

A category 5 hurricane is rare with only 1 expected every 3 years. But 2005 had 27 named storms, of which 3 became category 5 hurricanes. What made the 2005 hurricane season so dangerous? With a record-breaking year, scientists are looking at air pressure, ocean temperatures, category strength, and wind speed to prevent and forecast future hurricanes. Scientists at NASA and NOAA explore the deadly 2005 season through satellite data in this educational video. More »

CBS News investigates hurricane formation many miles across the Atlantic in an interactive flash animation designed to teach all age levels about the development of large-scale tropical disturbances. The stages of development are animated and easy to understand as the storm progresses from birth to dissipation. More »

Another animated guide from BBC News demonstrates the formation of storms and their abilities to suck the heat off the ocean surface as a source of power. Like a giant turbine, these storms are seen in a simplistic format showing how even small changes in ocean temperature and wind disturbances can fuel a massive and deadly cyclone. More »

USA Today investigates the creation of hurricanes in another interactive tutorial designed to show audiences the inner workings of a storm. The trade winds and the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITZ) are demonstrated for possible extended discussion and analysis. The evolution can be seen through cut-away diagrams and animations. More »

Learn the basics of the effects of wind speed on hurricane landfall locations. With a special introduction to teachers, this flash animated and interactive video site will show you how hurricanes are influenced by winds. Named “Aim a Hurricane”, manipulation of hurricane location and high and low pressure systems actually teaches the forecast techniques used by scientists to determine landfall locations. More »