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Re: Is it possible for a Hurricane to hit northern europe???

Date: Sun Sep 24 00:04:08 2000
Posted By: Denni Windrim, Staff, science, Sylvan Learning Centre
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 969325840.Es

Acording to the strict definition of a hurricane, no. Hurricanes move off 
the coast of Africa or the mid-Atlantic, and move easterly in the equatorial 
wind belt. They either reach the coast of North America or veer north into 
the Northern Atlantic, but in either case, their wind speeds drop and they 
downgrade into what is called a "tropical storm." The northern states and 
the eastern Canadian provinces are frequent targets of such tropical storms, 
but the likelihood of their crossing the Atlantic on the Westerlies is 
remote. This is not to say that Western Europe cannot be visited by 
extremely violent storms. However, these storms are not tropical in origin; 
they result from intense low pressure areas which have their origin in the 
Northern Atlantic regions and are carried westward to Europe by the Westerly 
wind belt.

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