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3 Focus: Hurricane tracking ACTIVITY 1 ON THE RIGHT TRACK Task: Students plot the progress of a hurricane on a tracking map and use longitude and latitude coordinates to track the hurricane, predict the storm s path, and issue warnings. Supplies: Hurricane tracking map, pencil, ruler, scrap paper, washer Procedure: A hurricane has been spotted in the Atlantic Ocean. Every 12 hours, between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, you will receive information on the location of the eye of the hurricane and be asked to give the proper warnings to the areas that may be affected. You must issue a hurricane warning at least 12 hours before the hurricane hits so that the people have time to evacuate the area. Remember, however, that it is dangerous to evacuate an area at night; too many accidents can occur, and people panic. Each time you get the location of the hurricane eye, plot its position on the map. The hurricane, however is much larger then its eye. Therefore, use the washer to represent the area affected by the hurricane. That entire area will experience strong winds and heavy rains. Data and Questions: Put the answers on the answer sheet. 7:00 pm, May 1- hurricane is centered at 25 N and 62 W 1. Give the new hurricane a name. 2. Will you issue any warnings at this time? Why or why not? 7:00 am, May 2- hurricane is centered at 23 N and 67 W 3. What direction is the hurricane heading? 4. How many degrees of latitude and longitude has it traveled in the past 12 hours? 5. You can assume it will continue traveling at the same speed. Where will it be in the next 12 hours? Will you issue any warnings? For what areas? 7:00 pm, May 2- hurricane is centered at 26 N and 71 W 6. In what direction is the storm moving now? 7. Should you give warnings now to the people in any areas? 8. Has the hurricane s speed remained the same? 7:00 am, May 3- hurricane is centered at 27 N and 76 W 9. Should you give any warnings now 10. What areas will be affected? 11. Can you wait 12 hours to give out the warnings? Why? 7:00 pm, May 3- hurricane is centered at 28 N and 80 W 12. In what direction do you think the hurricane will continue? 13. Should you give out any new warnings? 7:00 am, May 4- hurricane is centered at 32 N and 81 W 14 What direction did the hurricane go? 15. Were the people in the affected areas warned in time to get out? 16. Who will receive your next warning? 7:00 pm, May 4- hurricane is centered at 35 N and 77 W 17. Was your warning correct? 18. What additional information would have helped you make more accurate predictions?

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