Category: science

Understanding Hurakans

Hurricane Isabel (2003)

Few natural phenomena can bring a civilization to its knees. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, and mud slides tend to come to mind. The Caribs, a West Indian tribal people, called them ‘Hurakan’ possibly adopted from the Mayans to describe a mythological “god of evil… who blew his breath across the chaotic water” leading to devastation. The Chinese referred to them as “tai feng” for great wind. I’m talking hurricanes. Known in meteorological parlance as tropical cyclones (or typhoons in the West Pacific), they arrive ceremoniously, so humanity can witness and experience the raw power of nature. The Southeastern United …