Evolution of the Upper-Ocean Thermal Structure beneath Hurricanes Iselle and Julio (2014)

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Elizabeth R. Sanabia, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; and S. R. Jayne, S. Reynolds, A. Borrego, and J. Stapleton

The impact of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio (2014) on the upper-ocean thermal structure east of the Hawaiian Islands is investigated in this analysis of data collected from AXBT and ALAMO profiling floats deployed from USAF WC-130Js as part of the Training and Research in Oceanic and atmospheric Processes In tropical Cyclones (TROPIC) 2014 field program. Originating in the eastern Pacific, Hurricanes Iselle and Julio followed very similar paths west northwestward. The passage of Julio over the wake of Iselle presented a unique opportunity to explore the impact of consecutive tropical cyclones on the upper ocean.