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Quadraphonic Wind

In this activity, learners discover how the extent of various wind speeds changes in each of the four quadrants around a hurricane. Learners use data from the 'present' location of Hurricane Bill (2009) to plot the distance of various wind speeds that extend from the center of the storm. This resource includes brief background information about hurricanes and forecasting as well as an explanation of the Hurricane Bill data used in this activity and how small increases in wind speed can cause increased potential for damage.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Circles
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, National Weather Service,


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