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Can You Track Hurricanes?You can use special maps to track hurricanes. Whenever a hurricane forms, meteorologists will give out two numbers on television. These numbers (called “coordinates“) are the numbers that you will use to track the path of the hurricane on your map. Let’s say that the meteorologist tells you a new hurricane has formed at 25 N and 70 W. Here’s how to plot the storm:The first number, 25 N, is called the “latitude” number. Latitude lines are the blue lines on your map. Find the 25 N line on your map and trace over it with a pencil.The second number, 70 W, is the “longitude” number. Longitude lines are the red lines on your map. Find the 70 W line and trace over it with a pencil.
Now find the place on the map where your two pencil lines cross over each other. Mark that spot with an “x”. This is the place where the hurricane is located. See how easy hurricane tracking can be?
Finally...Whenever a hurricane forms, the best way to find out what the storm is going to do is by watching the meteorologists and forecasters on WLBT 3. They can show you pictures of the storm, and hopefully tell you where the storm is moving. Use your new skills to track storms along with the WLBT Weather Team!