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Although tropical cyclones can take an enormous toll on lives and personal property, they can also be important factors in the precipitation regimes of the places they affect and bring much-needed rain to otherwise-dry regions. Hurricanes in the eastern north Pacific sometimes supply moisture to the Southwestern United States and parts of western Mexico. Additionally, Japan receives over half of its rainfall from typhoons.
While tropical cyclones may well seriously damage settlement, total destruction encourages rebuilding. For example, the destruction wrought by Hurricane Camille on the Gulf coast spurred redevelopment, greatly increasing local property values.
From a nonhuman perspective, tropical cyclones are very important to the global climate system. Their primary purpose is to transport heat and moisture away from the equator, where there is a great imbalance due to the heating of the earth. Even after they have made landfall and weakened, often in the mid-latitudes, they continue to move poleward while transporting tremendous amounts of tropical moisture and latent heat. On a more local scale, tropical cyclones reshape the geology near the coast by eroding sand from the beach as well as offshore, rearranging coral, and changing dune configuration onshore. These changes are necessary for these dynamic systems to adapt and rejuvenate themselves.

 Perspective from a hurricane survivor:As a survivor of Andrew, Frances, Jeanne and Wilma directly, and having lost homes and vehicles (and all personal belongings in those) to these storms, I can say these few GOOD things about hurricanes:

  • They cool the weather in the area for a time
  • The seashell collection thrown to the shore is wonderful afterward
  • They give surfers something to do pre-storm
  • They prune the trees, removing dead branches and other debris
  • They bring families together both in preparing, riding it out, and cleaning up afterward
  • They bring communities together in helping each other rebuild after the descruction
  • They bring people outdoors to actually meet and talk with their neighbors -- whether or not you thought you had anything in common with them, after a storm, you do now
  • And they remind us that we are small in comparison to Nature and that we are no match for the fury that She can dish out.
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Are there any benefits to hurricanes?

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