89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Sunday, 11 January 2009
Understanding Hurricane Intensity Using Sea Surface Height and Temperature Information
Phoenix Convention Center
John Sears, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; and R. E. Hood and F. J. LaFontaine
Poster PDF (735.6 kB)
Warmer sea surface temperatures provide more energy for storm intensification, but the surface is only a piece of the ocean-hurricane relationship. Hurricanes extract more energy from deeper waters and sea surface altimetry data provides a way of estimating it. Using sea surface height anomaly data, can yield a better way of understanding the sea/air interactions present in hurricanes. We will compare SST and SSHA to observations of hurricane intensity of three storms in the 2005 season to gain better understanding of the impact of OHC to convective intensity within a hurricane.

Supplementary URL: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~jsears3/Research.html