Summer is upon us, which means hurricane season is blowing into town again! This gallery exhibition offers a scientific overview of the Sunshine State’s trademark weather phenomenon. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 in Florida, the nation’s most hurricane-prone state. Learn about the history and nature of these storms and how climate change is shaping their patterns. View Exhibit Online
- Learn about six of Florida’s historic hurricanes, including the Okeechobee hurricane of 1928 and Hurricane Easy, respectively the state’s deadliest storm and the hurricane that produced the most rain in a 24-hour period.
Eye of the Storm
- Discover how hurricanes form, how storms get their names and how hurricane seasons vary around the world.
- Learn about the impact of climate change on hurricanes and whether they’re getting wetter, stronger and/or more frequent.
- The world’s largest hurricane simulator is located at the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. SUSTAIN Laboratory at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The acrylic and steel tank can hold 38,000 gallons of water and produces winds over 150 mph.
- If a hurricane is particularly damaging or deadly, the World Meteorological Organization retires its name. Fifteen Atlantic hurricane names were retired in the 2010s, including Sandy, Matthew, Harvey and Irma.
- Hurricanes and typhoons are different names for the same phenomenon: tropical cyclones. People in the North Atlantic, central and eastern North Pacific refer to them as hurricanes while the Northwest Pacific calls them typhoons. In the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the term tropical cyclone is used.