During hurricane season, most Floridians keep one eye on the Atlantic and Caribbean, watching for swirling destruction heading their way. Tracking the hurricanes also makes for interesting homeschooling lessons.
Currently, we're tracking Bertha. Each morning we visit the National Hurricane Center's website to gather information on Bertha's coordinates, wind speed, traveling speed, and traveling direction. We record the information on our Hurricane Tracking Chart. We, then, record the coordinates on the free tracking map from the National Hurricane Center. We use one tracking chart and tracking map per named storm.
These activities are educational, not only in studying hurricanes, but also in plotting coordinates and working with latitude and longitude.
The hurricane season is still young, so you have a chance to start tracking hurricanes, too. Please feel free to print our Hurricane Tracking Chart for your use.