What is wind shear and how does it impact hurricanes?

Tracking Douglas

HONOLULU (KHON2) — With Hurricane Douglas quickly approaching the islands, what impacts will wind shear have on it? What is wind shear?

Wind shear is the difference in wind speed or direction over a fairly short distance in the atmosphere. It is typically described as either vertical or horizontal.

Wind shear can make or break a single tropical storm.

Vertical wind shear helps to weaken hurricanes.

Closer to Maui County and Oahu is where we start to see the stronger wind shear.

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