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"Tracking Hurricane Audrey"


Greg English
Oak Park Middle School
Calcasieu Parish


"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: 

         Advisory #1. Lat. 21, Lon. 93, 6/25, 6AM, 60mph, TS 
         Advisory #2. Lat. 22, Lon. 93, 6/25, 12noon, 85mph, cat.2 H 
         Advisory #3. Lat. 22.5, Lon. 93.5, 6/25, 6PM, 75mph, cat.1 H 

         Advisory #4. Lat. 23, Lon. 93.5, 6/26, Mid, 75mph, cat.1 H 
         Advisory #5. Lat. 24, Lon. 93.5, 6/26, 6AM, 80mph, cat.1 H 
         Advisory #6. Lat. 24.5, Lon. 93.5, 6/26, 12noon, 80mph, cat.1 H 
         Advisory #7. Lat. 25.5, Lon. 94, 6/26, 6PM, 85mph, cat.2 H 

         Advisory #8. Lat. 26.5, Lon. 94, 6/27, Mid, 95mph, cat.2, H 
         Advisory #9. Lat. 28, Lon. 94, 6/27, 6AM, 115mph, cat.4 H 
         Advisory #10. Lat. 29, Lon. 94, 6/27, 12noon, 125mph, cat.4 H 
         Advisory #11. Lat. 30.5, Lon. 93.5, 6/27, 6PM, 60 mph, TS 

         Advisory #12. Lat. 32, Lon. 93, 6/28, Mid, 45mph 
         Advisory #13. Lat. 33, Lon. 91.5, 6/28, 6AM, 40mph 
         Advisory #14. Lat. 34.5, Lon. 89.5, 6/28, 12noon, 35mph 
         Advisory #15. Lat. 36.5, Lon. 86, 6/28, 6PM, 30mph 

         Advisory #16. Lat. 39.5, Lon. 81, 6/29, Mid, 40mph 
         Advisory #17. 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. 

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