Reposting: Ocean Heat is Fuel For Storms – What We Learned from Harvey

September 10, 2018

All Star science team’s post mortem on last year’s “Big One” – Hurricane Harvey drowning Houston.

 

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4 Responses to “Reposting: Ocean Heat is Fuel For Storms – What We Learned from Harvey”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    The video mentions “heat from the ocean” and “sea surface temperatures” but it’s important to consider the *depth* to which the water is warmed. Deep warm water can allow even a slow-moving cyclone to build intensity, while a shallow layer of warm water can be quickly depleted of heat as the cyclone churns up water from below the surface.

    (Unfortunately, I have lost track of any sites which have measurements of depth of 82dF+ temperature water.)

  2. grindupbaker Says:

    Kerry Emanuel presents the formula for theoretical upper bound on hurricane maximum wind speed at 16:57 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8VK7zQvUb0 Unfortunately the videography and sound quality are appalling because it’s bootleg style on somebody’s personal camera at MIT but the formula slide is easy to see.


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