Hurricanes: Types, Formation, Causes & Effects


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A tropical depression has winds traveling at what speed?

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1. Hurricanes develop from what type of air?

2. A category 1 hurricane is _____ dangerous and will do _____ damage than a category 5 hurricane.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to measure your understanding of hurricanes. Make sure that you know about the characteristics of tropical depressions, hurricanes and the eye of the hurricane in order to do well on these assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Characteristics of a tropical depression
  • Atmospheric conditions during hurricanes
  • Hurricane categories
  • The eye of the hurricane
  • The source of hurricane energy

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the life cycle of a hurricane
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main ideas such as tropical depression and Category 5 hurricane
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast a Category 5 hurricane with a Category 1 hurricane

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the characteristics of hurricanes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how hurricanes develop
  • Know the characteristics of different categories of hurricanes
  • Explain how hurricanes gain strength
  • Understand why hurricanes diminish when they hit land
  • Know the general area where hurricanes typically occur