Hurricanes and Blizzards


Hurricanes and Blizzards are two natural forces that usually occur unexpectedly and they come with different kind of disasters. These forces are a disgrace to human beings as they do not have any positive effects that they come with rather than just pain and more disasters to humans. In recent years we have experienced a lot of disasters when these forces of Mother Nature occur. These two natural forces have many differences between them but they do have a common resemblance and that is they both occur as storms. They practically occur in forms of storms. This means that both of these forces are caused by rising air in the atmosphere causes low pressure which generates strong winds at given specific areas. Hurricanes come with high rainfall that is accompanied with fierce winds blowing at very high speeds covering great distance. On the other hand blizzards usually cover an area with large amounts of snow but the snow is also accompanied with high speed winds but not like those ones that occur during a hurricane.

Hurricanes come with much destructions compared to Blizzards. This is because hurricanes can cover close to six hundred miles when they occur. Hurricanes are caused when areas with low pressures that have heavy rainfall generate strong winds. They normally begin from the warm waters of the pacific and Atlantic regions. Tropical thunderstorms at certain conditions normally can develop into hurricanes. When the strong winds develop to higher speeds that’s when the storms are categorized as hurricanes. The high speed winds are then accompanied with heavy rainfalls. The warm waters of the ocean usually strengthen the hurricanes as it moves towards the land. Hurricanes continues to grow while they are still on warm water so by the time they reach the land they land with great impact that causes massive destructions on land. Hurricanes are usually affected when they move to cooler regions since there is no moist air to feed it in the cool water regions. When they happen to move further from the tropics, they usually die or they will have less wind speeds and rainfall. Hurricanes can take several days or weeks blowing in the land at high speeds of wind. The longer they take blowing on the land, the greater destruction they leave. Many people usually lose their lives in these situations because they cannot sustain the high speeds of the winds so they are blown away. Houses sometime do not also survive as they are taken away by the winds.

Blizzards are storms that usually take place during the winter season. They occur when huge amount of snow are falling at a particular region. The fall of snow is also accompanied by high speed blowing winds. The winds blow the snows at high speed and this happens in certain directions where the snows end up piling in one area. The snows and blowing winds usually causes poor visibility for several hours making movement of people difficult. Blizzards are formed when warm air rises above cold air. After this happens, there is a collision of the two sets of air that eventually causes precipitation. When Blizzards are formed, they tend to cause power outages. Many people living where Blizzards occur do not have power for days. There is also a huge drop of temperatures when it occurs. Blizzards give rise to hypothermia and movements are strictly impossible. Many people that are affected by Blizzards end up being buried by the huge snows. Properties such as cars don’t move and are sometimes buried in the snows as well. Blizzards don’t cause a lot of property damages like hurricanes do but they have their own impact but the poses a lot of inconveniences to the daily activities of human beings.

Hurricanes are more destructive than Blizzards so there is great need for it to monitor to avoid disasters from happening. Scientists usually monitor hurricanes through satellites in order to alert people living in regions that it might occur. They also use surveillance planes just to check when and what time the hurricane can hit the coastal regions.

The United States has experienced several Hurricanes and Blizzards in recent times. Hurricanes come in different form and the recent hurricane came and hit New York where we saw the destructions it left. Many lives were lost and also people went for several days without power. There was total black out in the streets of New York and it took several weeks for power restoration to be made after the Hurricane died. Many people also lost their homes due to the heavy rainfall and winds of high speeds the Hurricane came with. Houses were blown far away; this just shows how powerful the Hurricane is. (Brown 2012)

When Mother Nature strikes it never targets any individual and so there is great need for people to be constantly vigilant on any signs of Hurricanes or Blizzards. For Hurricanes those living near coastlines are highly at risk of heavily being affected when the Hurricanes occur. People should be educated on how to detect the symptoms of both the Hurricanes and Blizzards. Disaster management should also be put in place so that when these Mother Nature’s occur, many lives are able to be saved and no major accidents are witnessed. There should be community leadership that should be practiced within communities so that whenever there is an emergency of such disasters things can quickly be brought into control. The aftermaths of these storms are very unpleasant because of the much destruction that has been caused. People are likely to be affected by germ infested waters and the surroundings are very dirty which might give rise to certain diseases. Medication should be a priority after these disasters have occurred.

In conclusion both Hurricanes and Blizzards are natural disasters that are very dangerous to humanity. A lot of caution should be exercised to avoid these disasters. The meteorological department should always be on the lookout and alert people if these storms are about to occur so as to avoid destructions. People should be evacuated to safety when such calls are made on the impending attack of these storms. Hurricanes are more aggressive than Blizzards but this does not mean that one is better than the other. Both of these forces are killers and caution should well be observed.


















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