Series: Coastal Geomorphology—Tropical Storms
Tropical storms are warm-based systems that derive their energy from warm ocean water and warm, moist air. These storms drive coastal change along the Gulf of Mexico and in the North Atlantic.
Learn what conditions have to exist for tropical cyclones to form. Read more
Explore the features that make up a hurricane. Read more
Storm surge is the water that advances toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around a storm. Read more
In the early 1970s, Herbert Saffir, an engineer, and Robert Simpson, a meteorologist, developed a scale to describe the likely effects that hurricanes could have on an area. The scale has five categories, increasing in intensity from 1 to 5. Read more