ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you a weather fan or a meteorological expert? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!
Where can you typically find the strongest winds in a hurricane?
The eye of a hurricane is the calm center of the storm. However, around that calm center is the dangerous eyewall.
The National Hurricane Center classifies the eyewall as “an organized band or ring of cumulonimbus clouds that surround the eye” of a tropical cyclone.
Why is the eyewall so dangerous? As air is pulled into the hurricane, it spirals towards the center, getting faster and faster. The convergence of winds is so strong in this area that the air rises faster with more force than anywhere else in a hurricane. This is why torrential rain and damaging winds occur at the eyewall.
Changes in the structure of the eye and eyewall can cause changes in wind speed. Forecasters use this as an indicator of a storm’s intensity.