#1: What caught my attention about this particular art
work is the reality of living in the beautiful panhandle of the Gulf of
Mexico. With the season just beginning,
this will be my first full year living in Pensacola, Florida. While reviewing the artwork, I found the
picture seems to be trying to express the importance of how terrible the
aftermaths of these storms can be. About
thirty six percent of hurricanes are formed in the Atlantic hit Florida. The season begins in June and starts to fade
out around the months of October and November.
Hurricanes are categorized
according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane
Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest
wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative
terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than
higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular
hazards they bring. In fact, tropical
storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to
flooding. When the winds from these
storms reach 39 mph (34 kts), the cyclones are given names. Years ago, an international committee
developed names for Atlantic cyclones.
I believe the artwork was
created to show how deadly these types of storms can become. Hurricane Hazel
was the deadliest and costliest hurricane
of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season.
The storm killed as many as 1,000 people in Haiti
before striking the United States near the border between North
and South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane.
After causing 95 fatalities in the US, Hazel struck Canada as an extra tropical storm, raising the
death toll by 81 people, mostly in Toronto.
As a result of the high death toll and the damage Hazel caused, its name was retired from use for North Atlantic hurricanes.
The art work shown is capturing one of the many
powers of Mother Nature and that they are not to be taken lightly. Hurricanes can
produce damaging surface winds and storm surges. While high winds cause
significant structural and environmental damage, storm surges are frequently
the most devastating element of a hurricane.
Hurricanes deliver massive downpours of rain. Particularly large storm
can dump dozens of inches of rain in just a day or two, much of it inland. That amount of rain can create flooding,
potentially devastating large areas in its path. The
picture captures how those who live in an area like that have to be careful.