MadSci Network: Earth Sciences

Re: What makes a hurricane stop moving,such as Mitch?

Date: Wed Dec 23 10:20:38 1998
Posted By: Linda Engebretson, Forecaster, Meteorologist, National Weather Service, WSFO CYS
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 910188654.Es

Hurricanes move with winds that we call "steering winds".  These winds 
usually exist near the top of the hurricane, and "push" the hurricane in 
the direction they are going in.  So, when there are very weak winds 
around the top of the storm, the hurricane moves very slowly, like 
hurricane Mitch.  If there are much stronger winds, the hurricane would 
move much faster.

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