What Is a Hurricane? - Definition and Formation


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Which of the following best describes a hurricane?

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1. The phenomenon known as the _____ is created by the rotation of the Earth that causes free-moving objects, such as the wind, to move to the right or left.

2. The area at the center of the hurricane that has weak winds and fair weather is known as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of how hurricanes form. Some things you'll be assessed on include an accurate description of a hurricane and the name for a hurricane's center.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • Term for the phenomenon created by Earth's rotation that causes free-moving objects to move to the right or left
  • Condition(s) needed for a hurricane to form
  • Effect of organized winds blowing above the hurricane

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ways in which hurricanes form
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify key terms associated with hurricanes
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about hurricane formation and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about hurricanes, review the lesson What Is a Hurricane? - Definition and Formation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define hurricane and condensation
  • Identify the places hurricanes form
  • Understand the effect of the Coriolis Force
  • Recognize the conditions needed for a hurricane to form