Pennsylvania State University Third, he explained exactly how hurricanes The chapter's first meeting of the 1998-99 school work. He said that the first things needed for a hur- year was held on 3 September 1998. The meeting ricane to form are a layer of low, moist air over wa- began with brief introductions of the new officers: ter and some sort of convergence. This causes the Andrew Decandis, president; Michael Schramm, pressure to drop slightly. If conditions are right in vice president; and Sarah Thomas, secretary/treasurer. the atmosphere, some vorticity will begin. Frank The guest speaker was William Frank, from the then discussed other factors that will sometimes Department of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania cause the pressure to drop even more, allowing a State University. Frank, whose main research deals hurricane to form. with tropical meteorology, delivered a talk entitled Finally, Frank discussed why it is important to "Hurricanes." His talk answered four main questions: study hurricanes. He focused mainly on damage and loss of life caused by hurricanes and the need • What are hurricanes? to understand them in order to better predict where • Where do they come from? they will make landfall. He brought up several
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1998
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