Wednesday, 7 May 2014

What makes a Hurricane? - Daniel Choe

It all started when Tom went to visit his Aunt. Her house was half broken, as if a horde of animals had rushed through it.
“What destroyed your house, Aunt Jen?” asked Tom laughing
Looking sadly towards Tom, she responded:
“It was a hurricane, it obliterated almost every single furniture I had on the house. The only thing I have left is the living room.”
That is when the boy started thinking. What makes a hurricane and what makes it to destroy objects? Tom was too curious, he had to ask Aunt Jen. So he asked,
“Aunt, what makes an hurricane to happen, and why does it destroy?”
Jennifer, still looking at her house, said,
“I am too sad that the house is broken, Tom. I am sorry but I can’t concentrate in anything else but the destruction.”
With his face bowed down, Tom decided he should discover the answer next day, when he would be in science class. For now, he would grimace at his Aunt’s house because it didn’t matter to him. It wasn’t his house after all.
The next day, Tom woke up happily, he would finally discover the answer for his question. He jumped out of his bed and ran to school after eating his breakfast and dressing up. When the boy arrived, he saw that there was something different with the class. Mr. Pro wasn’t there, there was a substitute. Tom, shocked, asked,
“Where is Mr. Pro? I want to ask him a question.”
The substitute, without hesitation, responded with confidence,
“He is in the Amazon because he wants to study geology.”
Tom did not want to leave the classroom without an answer, so he yelled,
“Substitute, what makes a hurricane and why does it destroy?”
The substitute, looking towards Tom with a frown, was angry at him. Why would a boy scream at the teacher? Then, calmly he responded,
“I don’t know. I am only here to do what Mr. Pro said.”
Soon, the class ended, and everyone in science sprinted to the next class. Tom was the only one there, confused. Why didn’t anyone know the answer to his question? With his fists clenched, he stomped to the next class angrily, no one knew the answer to his question. Maybe he should wait until recess to ask the science teacher in 8th grade.
80 minutes later, the classrooms were open, and all the children ran to their lockers. It was different to Tom, he went directly to the science class. Arriving, Tom saw that there was a sign in her room saying, “Map testing at D28”. Great, the boy thought. First Mr. Pro is not here, and now the science teacher is occupied in MAP testing. Tom, disappointed, decided to ask a third grade teacher this same question, because it was the closest person he saw.
“What makes a hurricane and why does it destroy?” asked Tom once again
“I think it is because two winds meet, making a hurricane to form. Also, I don’t know why it destroys” commented the teacher.
How could that be possible? Tom thought. If a wind was to meet another wind, wouldn’t the stronger one predominate over the weaker?
Suddenly, Tom saw a man in the far distance of the hallway. Examining closer, he saw that it was Mr. Pro.
“Hey Tom.” said Mr. Pro “How is it going?”
Tom confused asked,
“Aren’t you supposed to be travelling?”
“The airplane exploded when I got to the airport, so the flight got canceled.” Mr. Pro murmured.
“Still, what makes a hurricane and why does it destroy?” asked Tom for the last time
“Well...” started Mr. Pro, “According to NASA, scientists still don’t know exactly how a hurricane forms, but they know two main ingredients to one. The first one is warm water. When the water is 26 celsius or more, it provides energy for a storm so that a hurricane can start to form. Another factor is if the wind is stable on its route and if it goes in a stable speed. This makes it so that the winds can go in the same routine, gaining speed, until it reaches a high speed level. A hurricane will soon gain more than 120 km per hour, which is extremely fast. When the wind meets land, it makes a ocean surge, which causes a flooding. The flooding then breaks nearby things, causing obvious destruction. Also because the hurricane is going in a fast speed, it is able to break and push structures, buildings and even plants out of his way.”
“Oh, so that is what makes a hurricane and its destruction.” said Tom satisfied
From that day, Tom learned that hurricanes were dangerous, and he decided that he should help scientists with their research to keep people in safety. He also learned that he should care about others, so he went back to the Aunt’s house. Arriving at her house, he immediately screamed,
“I am sorry Aunt! I was very mean to laugh at you and your house. I learned not to be rude to anyone by learning about hurricanes and its destructions.”

“I accept your apology truly.” responded Jen


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