Wednesday, 12 February 2003: 2:00 PM
A study of air-sea interactions and associated tropical hurricane activity over Gulf of Mexico using satellite data and numerical modeling
Previous studies by Reddy et.al. (1999 & 2001) suggested that the air-sea interactions, including heat, momentum, and latent heat fluxes play a significant role in the birth and growth of tropical cyclones/hurricanes during the year 1995 over the Gulf of Mexico (hurricane Opal and hurricane Roxanne). They have identified that sea surface temperature is one of the factors for the hurricane intensification. In the present study, we investigate air-sea interactions for selected hurricanes over the Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season 2002 using satellite data and numerical modeling with Penn State/NCAR MM5. We also present the results of the above investigations for the tropical storm Barry that occurred over the Gulf of Mexico during August 2-7, 2001.