|"Tracking Hurricane Audrey"
Oak Park Middle School
"This assignment was created to show
how the people of Cameron parish got trapped by Hurricane Audry in 1957.
It leads into a KPLC-TV video of the actual news footage from that time."
(FIRST: Do not tell students what storm they will be tracking)
Hand out a copy of a hurricane tracking chart and tell students that
you are going to be the national weather service and call out storm advisories.
The students will then track the storm on their map.
Begin with the following warnings:
Lat. 21, Lon. 93, 6/25, 6AM, 60mph, TS
Lat. 22, Lon. 93, 6/25, 12noon, 85mph, cat.2 H
Lat. 22.5, Lon. 93.5, 6/25, 6PM, 75mph, cat.1 H
Lat. 23, Lon. 93.5, 6/26, Mid, 75mph, cat.1 H
Lat. 24, Lon. 93.5, 6/26, 6AM, 80mph, cat.1 H
Lat. 24.5, Lon. 93.5, 6/26, 12noon, 80mph, cat.1 H
Lat. 25.5, Lon. 94, 6/26, 6PM, 85mph, cat.2 H
Lat. 26.5, Lon. 94, 6/27, Mid, 95mph, cat.2, H
Lat. 28, Lon. 94, 6/27, 6AM, 115mph, cat.4 H
Lat. 29, Lon. 94, 6/27, 12noon, 125mph, cat.4 H
Lat. 30.5, Lon. 93.5, 6/27, 6PM, 60 mph, TS
Lat. 32, Lon. 93, 6/28, Mid, 45mph
Lat. 33, Lon. 91.5, 6/28, 6AM, 40mph
Lat. 34.5, Lon. 89.5, 6/28, 12noon, 35mph
Lat. 36.5, Lon. 86, 6/28, 6PM, 30mph
Lat. 39.5, Lon. 81, 6/29, Mid, 40mph
Lat. 43.7, Lon. 77, 6/29, 6AM, 50mph
Questions to ask.
Where did the storm hit? At what time did it make landfall? How far did
the storm travel between Midnight on the 27th and midnight on the 28th?
What caused the drastic drop of wind speed by 6PM on the 27th? Based on
the distance traveled on the 26th, where should the storm have been at
6AM on the 27th, at 6PM, at 6AM on the 28th?
Explain that 100s of
people died in this storm. Ask what might have caused this (possible reasons:
time of day, slow movement, sudden change in forward speed, type of land
where storm hit). Now tell the students that the year was 1957. Ask if
this would make a difference in the number of deaths (lack of warning devises,
poor transportation, poor or limited roads, lack of TVs or radios).
Now explain that they
have just tracked Hurricane Audrey, June 25-29, 1957. Give them the details
of the storm, storm surge, flooding, deaths. Show the KPLC TV report of
Audrey if available. Use Nola Mae Ross' book for individual stories.