On Wednesday I visited the third grade science class at Southern Elementary School in
No hurricane has hit the West Coast since records began, but a tropical storm with 50 mph winds did come ashore at
Since winds over the tropics around the globe blow generally from east to west, storms that form over the warm Pacific off the Central American and Mexican coasts are generally pushed toward the west. Some storms do turn toward the north to hit the
Even though the storms die before reaching the West Coast, the remnants can bring heavy rain to California, the Southwest and sometimes to places as far east as Oklahoma.
Most hurricanes die before they get as far west as
Atlantic, Eastern and central Pacific storms are called hurricanes. Storms west of the International Date Line are called typhoons.
From time to time winds above 75 mph hit the
One famous case was the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 that hit northern
Keep up the great work at Southern! Thanks to Mrs. Norris, Shane Hayman and the rest of the faculty for inviting me.
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