Explore Hurricane Intensity

Explore the atmosphere with SSEC/CIMSS educational online activities. Created by Tom Whittaker and Steve Ackerman, these interactive tools allow you to create a tornado, build a snowflake, understand the physics behind hitting a baseball, and much more. Whittaker recently added a few new features to the activity designed to help students understand the factors that contribute to hurricane intensity.

For more online educational tools, please visit:

Hurricane Applet (Version 2)


  • Drag the hurricane around the ocean to see the effect of the Sea Surface Temperature (SST)
  • Drag the High around to see it "push" the hurricane...
  • Click on the Season names to change season
  • Click on the Reset button to reset

Last Updated:
August 6, 2007
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