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.


Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories