|WX CHANGERS- HURRICANE EYE
METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
The region in and around a hurricane’s eye is a region famous for incredible weather changes. The center of a hurricane, especially a
strong hurricane, is noted for having a low cloud density region called an eye. In the eye the winds are fairly light and if it is
daytime the sun can come out. Just a few miles in all directions though the fierce winds and heavy rains of the eyewall are
Experiencing the eye requires having to go through the eyewall, thus often damage has taken place by the time the eye is
overhead. Unfortunately, as the eye moves out, the extreme winds of the eyewall will return one more time before the storm
ends for that location. Thus, any birds, other animals or people that come out during the eye’s arrival will have to shelter
one more time before the storm ends.
Winds can go from over 75 miles per hour, to nearly calm, to over 75 miles per hour again as a hurricane’s eye approaches, moves overhead
and then moves past. The forward motion speed of the hurricane will determine how quickly this process takes place. It is possible
that the process can occur slowly or the eye can stall temporarily and this allows much more time to document the experience.