A hurricane is split into 2 parts its either a cyclone or anticyclone. A cyclone is a low pressure system in which the wind travels inwards and upwards. They rotate counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Cyclones bring stormy weather. Anticyclones are high pressure systems in which the wind travels downwards and outwards. They rotate clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere. Anticyclones bring clear weather. To meteorologists cyclones and anticyclones are large scale systems of air circulation in the atmosphere in the zones between the equator and either of the poles. Cyclones air pressure is lower than the environment and anticyclones are higher.
Hurricanes are a type of tropical cyclone. They are low pressure systems that generally form in the tropics. They are intense and strong thunderstorms with well-defined surface circulations and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. Categorizing hurricanes are based on the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 has the lowest and a Category 5 has the highest, but lower categories can sometimes do the most damage depending on the area. They can produce the most damage and death toll because of the flooding.
When the winds of the storm reach 39 mph they are given names. An international committee developed names for the cyclones. In 1979, a six year rotating list of Atlantic storms was developed, alternating male and female names. They developed these names to have geographic referencing, warning services, legal issues and to reduce confusion if two or more storms happen at the same time.
On August 29, 2012, A cyclone named Hurricane Issac made its slow decent inland after it made landfall over south eastern Louisiana. Downpours and heavy winds crashed down on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. It was the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when Issac hit. Issac was...