Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Old-Fashioned Graphics


In this lab, you cut and paste graphics into documents the old-fashioned way, using printouts, tape, scissors, and a photocopier. (You need to have read Chapter 12 of Power Tools for Technical Communication to do this lab.)
  1. Print out the following pages, both the text and graphics.
  2. Determine where he graphic should be pasted into the text.
  3. Copy the text peceding that point into a document you've started in your preferred word-processing software.
  4. Skip a line and then center and type a figure number and title.
  5. Paste in the rest of the text, 2 blank lins below the figure title.
  6. Measure the graphic you printed out, and create that much room plus the equivalent of two blank lines above two blank lines below where you'll paste the image.
  7. Print out this document.
  8. Cut out the graphic, center it in the space you created for it in the document, and then tape it.
  9. Go make a photocopy of this page (or pges).
  10. Put your name, Old-Fashioned Graphics, and the date on this document, and print it out for your instructor.


Stages of Development

Hurricanes evolve through a life cycle of stages from birth to death. They form in tropical regions where there is warm water (at least 80 degrees F/27 degrees C), moist air, and converging equatorial winds. Most Atlantic hurricanes begin off the west coast of Africa, starting as thunderstorms that move out over the warm, tropical ocean waters. A thunderstorm reaches hurricane status in three stages:

Tropical depression Swirling clouds and rain with wind speeds of less than 38 mph (61.15 kph/33 kt)
Tropical storm Wind speeds of 39 to 73 mph (54.7 to 117.5 kph/34 to 63 kt)
Hurricane Wind speeds greater than 74 mph (119 kph/64 kt)

A tropical depression is designated when the first appearance of a lowered pressure and organized circulation in the center of the thunderstorm complex occurs. A surface pressure chart will reveal at least one closed isobar to reflect this lowering. Once a tropical depression has intensified to the point where its maximum sustained winds are between 35-64 knots (39-73 mph), it becomes a tropical storm. At this time that it is assigned a name. During this time, the storm itself becomes more organized and begins to become more circular in shapeŚresembling a hurricane.

The rotation of a tropical storm is more recognizable than for a tropical depression. Tropical storms can cause a lot of problems even without becoming a hurricane. However, most of the problems a tropical storm cause stem from heavy rainfall. It can take anywhere from hours to several days for a thunderstorm to develop into a hurricane. Although the whole process of hurricane formation is not entirely understood, three events must happen for hurricanes to form:


Here is the image to use somewhere in the text above. The three panels indicate the progression from a depression to a tropical storm to a hurricane. Indicate this some way in the figure title:


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